Would part time teacher training be the right option for you? 

The Secondary SCITT Tuition secondary programme offers a part time training route for all priority and high priority subjects.

This route is directed particularly at career changers and will offer the opportunity to phase in your training combining it with other employment or with child-care responsibilities.

We started the part time Tuition programme two years ago, we started with three trainees in 2018-2019 and for 2019-2020, we now have eleven part time trainees enrolled onto the programme.

We also have a Part Time Programme Co-ordinator who supports the part time trainees as well as their Personal and Subject SCITT Tutors.

The recruitment process onto the part time programme is the same as the full time trainees and if you are successful through the our recruitment process then you will also be interviewed by a placement school who will be happy to support the training of part time trainees in thier school.

The days of the week which you spend in school during your training year can be arranged between you and your placement school and as a SCITT provider, we ask that you attend all of the Core Training and Subject Knowledge days in Year 1 which means that for approximately seven weeks of the school year in Year 1, you will need to be attending training for five days a week.

In Year 2, there will also be some additional personalised training days created for you and that will be organised by the Part Time Programme Co-ordinator in consultation with you.

Deadlines for assigments and assessment points will be spread across the two years so you will not have the same deadlines as the full time trainees which will help to make the training more manageable for you.


How does it work?

Two year part time secondary Tuition route 

On this route, you will be in school two days a week in Year 1 in your main placement school during term time.

You will start Year 2 in your second placement school on three days a week and then return in January of Year 2 to your main placement school for three days a week.

At the end of the two years of training you will gain QTS, PGCE and 60 Master's credits.

You will be expected to attend core training and subject knowledge days in Year 1 and in Year 2 some additional training days aimed at part-time trainees will be organised for you.

You will receive the same amount of SCITT Tutor visits as the full time trainees.

If you decide to train in a high priority or priority subject then you will receive a bursary from the government paid to you across 20 months rather than the full time equivalent of 10 months.

See more details of bursaries on our Finance page. http://www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk/secondary-teaching/finance 


Five Term part time secondary Tuition route

On this course, you wil start in September of Year 1 but finish by Easter of Year 2.

This will provide you with the opportunity to gain a job as a newly qualified teacher in the summer term of Year 2.

You will be in school for 2 days a week for term 1 and term 2 and then 3 days a week for Term 3, Term 4 and Term 5. 

If you have any questions or might also be interested in training on the five term part time tuition training programme  which enables you to qualify as a teacher at Easter of Year 2 then please contact enquiries@suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk


Interview with Elie Ramsay, Part time Secondary SCITT trainee

Tell us a little about your background

I moved to the UK in 2002 from Canada, where I grew up and met my now-husband at University. I had just completed a degree in Biological Engineering and found a job at a big teaching hospital as their Medical Devices Trainer, providing on-the-job training for clinical staff. 

In time, after my second daughter was born, I resigned from my job to look after my children. We had also decided to leave London, where we were living, and settled in Ipswich

As my children grew, I worked for our local church, setting up and running toddler groups and family support groups.

My third child was born in 2014, and last year I decided that I wanted to retrain for a new career.

Why did you decide to apply for teacher training?

I have always been interested in teacher training, but I couldn’t commit the time it would take because my husband works in a job with a long commute and I am the primary caregiver for our children.

About a year ago, I was looking at the Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT website and noticed a part-time option as available. 

I phoned the SCITT office staff who were very helpful in giving me more details and helped me arrange school visits straight away and from that point on it all went very quickly!

What advice would you give to someone considering part-time teacher training?

I have already encouraged quite a few people to consider teacher training and especially the part-time option. I have heard teachers comment how they wish that it had been available when they did their training. I would say to go in with your eyes open – there is a lot of work (even as a part-time trainee!) and a lot of responsibility given to you, but it is such a rewarding job and really worthwhile.