The SCITT Training Programme

How Does School Centred Training Work?

Our 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.


Our Training Programme is created to meet the needs of individual trainees, so that you build on your strengths and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding. The training programme also has key elements which all trainees are required to undertake, so that trainees receive a range of learning opportunities to underpin their development.

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 your mentor, you’ll identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and from that draw up and work continuously on a training plan. This will involve observing experienced 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 will benefit from 10 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 specification.

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

Assessment comprises of;

– 6 Half-termly Tutor visit reports
– 3 termly reports
– 2nd placement report
– 2 SCITT tasks and 2 Assignments

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.


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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