The SCITT Training Programme

How Does School Centred Training Work?

The training year starts each September and runs until the end of the Summer term. It is a rigorous and practical route leading to the award of QTS. Our programme enables trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate from the school and complementary training experiences that they meet the requirements of the professional standards for teaching.


The Training Programme is designed around the ITT Core Content Framework and the needs of individual trainees, so that trainees learn and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding. The training programme also has key elements.  All trainees then learn how to develop that learning with a range of opportunities to underpin their practice.

You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending Spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at our central venue alongside other trainees, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands/rewards that brings.

Working alongside a mentor, trainees evaluate their ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and record this development in their weekly Reflective Journal. This will involve observing outstanding practitioners teachers and training activities leading to delivering whole class teaching.

Your core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees throughout their training year, enabling them to be fully prepared for teaching during their training and beyond.

We’re one of a few providers who are fully supported by their local authority learning partners specialising across different education areas.

Our moderation report (2019) said…

4.3 The SCITT is able to draw from a bank of considerable expertise and resources, developed and acquired over time… ‘tried and tested’ trainers…acknowledged practitioners in their field…range of ITE resources … ensures that the ITE curriculum is covered comprehensively over the course of the year …

4.5 … the SCITT manager is forward-looking and committed to adopting best practice to ensure that all trainees receive a ‘good deal’ and are equipped with all of the essential tools they need to teach effectively and impact positively on pupil progress.

Secondary Trainees

Secondary trainees will also benefit from 15 Subject days, giving them the opportunity to further enhance their subject knowledge. By the end of the training year they will be fully equipped to deliver their subject from Year 7 to 11 including the GCSE specifications.

In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) trainees have to be judged competent against the Teacher Standards.

Formative assessment comprises of;

– 6 Half-termly Tutor visit reports
– 3 termly Assessment Point reports
– 2nd placement Assessment Point report
– 2 SCITT tasks and 2 Assignments
– Weekly mentor meeting with targets set

We work hard to create a reduced workload approach to assessment, basing many of our judgements on professional dialogue – not paper trails. Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.

The Award of Qualified Teacher Status

Trainees will be assessed against the Teaching Standards for teaching leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Meeting the standards is a requirement for all trainee teachers, regardless of the ITT route. The standards form the basis for assessments and judgements which are made regularly throughout the programme and in a summative assessment towards the conclusion of the training period.

Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is responsible for monitoring the trainee, along with the school, and for the final assessment and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. The successful trainee is recommended for QTS.


The School of Education and Professional Development is responsible for two M level modules during their training year, leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate Education.

Module 1 – Evidence Based Practice (30 Credits)

This module will focus on the development of trainees’ practice in relation to behaviour management. Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence of your work in the classroom and a written reflection of the development of their practice in this area.

Module 2 – Curriculum Development (30 Credits)

This module provides a structured opportunity for trainees to develop innovative and original curriculum resources. It develops and extends trainees’ understanding of progression, and their ability to plan teaching and learning in relation to either subject matter, use of technology or a particular teaching strategy related to either subject matter, use of technology or a particular teaching strategy related to current educational initiatives. Assessment is based on the development and evaluation of a unit of work undertaken with pupils in the placement school.

We also offer trainees the option to enhance their training and obtain the PGCE qualification through the University of Huddersfield.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Education here.

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