The SCITT Training Programme

How Does School Centred Training Work?

The SCITT Programme is a rigorous and practical route leading to the award of QTS. The programme requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate from the evidence of their school and other training experiences that they meet the requirements of the professional standards for teaching.

The training programme will normally last for one school year, starting each September.

Before starting the SCITT programme all trainees will have completed the following:

UCAS application form
Interview by the Partnership
Interview by the host school
Have had a satisfactory criminal background check and all other requisite checks
Pass the Professional Skills tests and achieve the relevant GCSE and Degree qualifications


The Training Programme is created to meet the needs of individual trainees, so that they build on their 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.

The training programme is developed from the Initial Needs Assessment. This is carried out by the host school, with guidance from the Partnership, at the beginning of the programme. It is a detailed audit of the candidate’s education, skills, subject and ICT knowledge and experience which they are bringing to this programme.

The Individual Training Plan is drawn up by the school, with guidance from the Partnership tutor team. The training plan will cover a variety of teaching experiences and training activities, across two key stages, in either Primary or Secondary education.

The Partnership offers core training to supplement the school’s training programme. Attendance at core events is a requirement.

All trainees will spend time in other Partnership schools as appropriate.

Training plans will include specific tasks which require study in theoretical aspects as well as personal observation and practical experiences. The tasks are designed to strengthen subject knowledge for teaching, pedagogy, knowledge and understanding of child development, as well as subject specialism.

Further details about tasks and how they fit in to the trainee’s time will be covered at meetings during the programme.

Trainees undertake a Curriculum Package on aspects of teaching and learning and curriculum specialisms.

Trainees will be involved in maintaining up-to-date records of their training plans and activities.

All trainees are required to have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to commencement of the training programme.

Samples of these can be found on the TA website

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 to the NCTL 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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