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Train to teach in a school near you (SCITT)

Have an impact in your community. Train locally and qualify as a teacher in one year (fees apply).

Applications now open for 2024

Have an impact in your community

Benefits

This unsalaried teacher training programme is suitable for graduates or career changers who want to train to teach in a local school.

The training is developed by Teach First and delivered by approved local training partners.

You can also consider our fully funded, salaried teacher training that will place you in a school where you can make the biggest impact. Compare our teacher training options.

Make a difference in your community

Train to become a teacher in a school near you with our school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programme. You’ll make a real difference to the children in your community.

Be in the classroom from the start

From September 2024, you’ll spend most of each week working as a member of the teaching staff in a school local to you.

You’ll also spend six weeks in other schools to get vital broader school experience.

Qualify in one year and start earning

Our one-year training allows you to quickly start working as a fully qualified teacher.

After your 12 months of training, you’ll start on a qualified teacher’s starting salary of at least £30,000.

Pay increases after that are performance-linked and reviewed every year.

Train with national and local experts

You’ll benefit from initial teacher training that’s developed by Teach First and delivered by local teacher development experts.

We’re the largest initial teacher training provider in the country, with over 20 years’ experience. Our initial teacher training is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

You’ll learn with our local training partners. They’re experts in teacher training and development who know and understand their community’s needs.

Get support from experienced teachers

You’ll start by shadowing other teachers. Then you’ll move on to leading your own lessons with guidance from more experienced colleagues.

You‘ll have year-long support from a subject mentor and a lead mentor. They’ll train you and oversee your progress throughout.

Gain an internationally recognised qualification

When you finish your training, we’ll award you your qualified teacher status (QTS).

You’ll also get your postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) from our partner university.

QTS is a teaching standard respected across the world and also means that you can teach in any state school in the country.

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Programme

Who the programme is for

Whether you’re a recent graduate or looking to change careers, this programme is for you if:

  • you’re looking for full-time, hands-on training in at least two schools close to your home
  • you’d like to qualify within a year

You can also consider our fully funded, salaried teacher training that will place you in a school where you can make the biggest impact. Compare our teacher training options.

Programme experience

You’ll get plenty of practical experience, along with phase- and subject-specific training and a deep understanding of effective teaching methods.

The training curriculum was developed by Teach First and is delivered by approved local teacher training experts.

Classroom-based learning

You’ll get hands-on experience at two or more schools and learn from experienced teaching professionals. 

You’ll be in school four days a week from early September until the end of the summer term. The curriculum includes six weeks in other local schools. 

Specialised training

Before you enter the classroom, you’ll have two weeks of intensive training. This will focus on core areas such as behaviour management and planning.

Across the year, you’ll take part in six modules with live seminars and conferences. These are tailored to whether you’re specialising in primary or secondary education.

Mentoring and support

You’ll be eased into teaching by shadowing other teachers. Later you’ll lead your own lessons with guidance from more experienced colleagues.

You’ll be supported by both a subject mentor and lead mentor. Your lead mentor will train you and oversee your progress throughout the year. 

Subjects offered

Our training programme covers primary and secondary phases and subjects, including:

  • early years / primary (3–7 years)
  • primary (5–11 years)
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • English
  • maths
  • history
  • geography
  • religious studies
  • computing
  • business studies
  • music
  • modern foreign languages (MFL)
  • physical education

Subjects offered can vary depending on where you are based. Check with your local training partner for more details.

Find a training partner

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Cost

Cost and funding

In 2024/25 the course fees for UK students will be £9,250. The tuition fees for UK/EU students doing a full-time course are the same.

The fees for international students are £10,950.

Get details of training partners and how to apply.

You’ll be registered as a full-time student throughout the programme – so you’ll have access to lots of student benefits, as well as a student loan to cover your fees.

Depending on your subject and qualifications, you may also be eligible for a bursary or grant to support you throughout your training.

For example:

  • If you train to teach maths or computing, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship of £30,000 or a bursary of £28,000.
  • If you train to teach modern foreign languages, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship of £27,000 or a bursary of £25,000.

Check funding options on the Get Into Teaching website.

This unsalaried teacher training programme is suitable for graduates or career changers who want to train to teach in a local school.

You can also consider our fully funded, salaried teacher training that will place you in a school where you can make the biggest impact. Compare our teacher training options.

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Apply

When the programme starts

You’ll start your training in September 2024 and finish it in July 2025.

Where we offer the programme

We designed the high-quality training and work with local training partners to offer it across the country.

Our training partners are experts in teacher training and development, with in-depth knowledge of your local area.

How to apply

Find your nearest training partner for further information and next steps to apply for a September 2024 start.

Find a training partner

More information

Find out more about the programme, costs and funding, eligibility and career prospects.

Please also contact your nearest training partner for further details about how the training will work in your local area.

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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training webinar

Watch our webinar about SCITT to find out more about the programme and how to apply.

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