What is the Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

Secondary SCITT Salaried is an exciting and innovative initial teacher training route that operates in Suffolk, Norfolk and neighbouring counties. The programme attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession, including those seeking a career change.  Many, though not all, of those who train via this route already have significant school experience.

At time of application,  you need to have a supporting school who is able to make a contribution towards your salary and if you need more information about the costs to a supporting school then please email us on enquiries@suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk and we can provide you with the financial information which you can share with your supporting school before making an application. We strongly recommend that in your personal statement of your applicaiton form you provide the information that a specific school is prepared to support your placement and make a financial contribution to your salary. Training part time on the Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE programme is not an option. We only offer full time placements on this programme. 

Why choose Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

There are many good reasons for choosing this particular route to train as a teacher:

  • Centre training: Secondary SCITT Salaried trainees receive core and subject knowledge training on one day per week throughout the training period. The high quality of our training provision has been recognised by Ofsted and by our trainees. You will receive at least six subject knowledge days led by a specialist.
  • Costs: Our employment-based route offers you the unique opportunity to earn a salary as you train to teach.  There are no tuition fees.
  • ‘Hands-on’ Experience: As a Secondary SCITT Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers.  Former trainees identify this as a particular strength: ‘On the job training is the best way to find out what works in practice’.  Ofsted inspectors identified trainees’ ‘confidence and authority in the classroom’ as a key strength of our provision.
  • Qualifications: In partnership with the University of Suffolk, we are able to offer the option of a PGCE and 60 Master’s level credits at a very modest cost.
  • Future Employment: Over the past three years close to 100% of our Secondary SCITT Salaried trainees have secured employment, many within our partnership schools.

How does the Secondary SCITT Salaried PGCE programme operate?

Secondary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a Department of Education training grant.  Funding is currently available for the following subjects:

Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physics and Religious Education. 

Secondary Salaried trainees are paid full time on the Unqualified Teacher Scale for the duration of the 9.5 month training course. A Salaried trainee's salary will vary between £13,600 and £16,700 depending on the number of teaching hours required by the employing placement school. During your training, you will spend four days a week teaching within your placement school and one day each week (Thursday) in core training delivered by SCITT partnership schools and SCITT Tutors. At the start of your training course, your teaching hours will start at 5 hours per week at the very start of September with your own classes and then your teaching hours will increase up to 13 hours in the third term of the training course as you gradually take over more classes within your placement school. 

Click on finances to find out about salary and other financial aspects of the course.

Where will I train?

Central training:
Central training will take place on most Thursdays throughout the school terms and will take place in a range of venues across Suffolk and Norfolk. However, a detailed training programme will be shared with you at the end of the August so you will be informed about the training venues throughout the year. More information will be also be shared with you at the induction days in June and we find that many trainees car share when travelling to the weekly central training sessions. 

Subject knowledge training (minimum six days) will be provided at a range of different locations across the two counties.

Main Placement Schools:
Secondary SCITT Salaried has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 high achieving schools across the two counties and beyond.  You must have the support of a partnership or Lead School before making an application to this programme as the schools will need to make a financial contribution to your salary as the funding from the NCTL does not cover all of  your salary. 

Second School Experience:
You will be issued with a contract of employment by your main placement school who will release you for between four and six weeks during term two in order to undertake a period of experience within a contrasting school.

How will I be supported?

  • Through a full programme of induction: you will receive five full days of induction before the course begins in order to ensure that you are properly prepared for the work you will be undertaking within the classroom.
  • By your SCITT Tutor:   You will receive at least six visits from your SCITT Tutor who will also provide guidance and support by telephone and e-mail.
  • By your School Mentor: You will have a weekly meeting with your mentor to set clear targets and action points and to monitor your progress on the course.  You will be observed teaching at least once per week with written feedback clearly outlining targets for your development.
  • By the Course Leader: weekly contact from the Course Leader. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Observations of your teaching by your School Mentor and SCITT Tutor.
  • Assignments (60 Master’s Level credits) – two written assignments and a presentation.
  • One to one tutorial support from your SCITT Tutor.
  • Portfolio of evidence for Teachers’ Standards.
  • In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against parts one and two of the Teachers’ Standards. Please follow this link to access them: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards

What do former trainees say?

‘A fantastic course.  My school placements have been great and I can’t wait to start my teaching career’

‘I was apprehensive about switching careers....but one year on I now know that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made’

‘I will start my new job in September confident, knowing who I am as a teacher and being ready to adapt to any circumstances’

‘The fantastic training and the opportunity to meet with friends every Thursday has kept me going.’

 ‘My SCITT Tutor has always been willing to go the extra mile in order to help me.’