What is the Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE is a flexible, part-time/accelerated employment based Initial Teacher Training route that operates in Suffolk and Norfolk and beyond.  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.

Why choose Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried PGCE?

There are a number of specific reasons for choosing this particular route to train as a teacher:

  • Quality: The Primary SCITT Salaried Leadership, rated outstanding by Ofsted, is committed to providing the highest standard of training in order to produce highly skilled new entrants to the teaching profession.
  • Centre training: Primary 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. 
  • 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 Primary 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 (UoS), we are able to offer the option of a PGCE and 60 Master's level credits at minimal cost, currently £300-00.
  • Outcomes: These have been consistently high over the past three years with 76% of our primary trainees achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’ and 100% a grade of ‘good’ or better in 2016.
  • Future Employment: 100% of our 2015-2016 primary cohort have secured a teaching post for next year.

How does the Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried programme operate?

Primary SCITT Salaried (flexible route) is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant.  

You will be employed by your placement school for two or three days each week and spend at least one day each week in central training. The remaining one or two days a week will be spent in school on an unpaid basis gaining further experience and fulfilling the course requirements for our flexible salaried programme. You will contribute to the cost of your training either by undertaking a limited teaching commitment each week or by providing some PPA cover within your placement school as you become more experienced.  Within your placement school you will gain further classroom experience by gradually taking over responsibility for additional lessons in the course of the year under the supervision of an experienced teacher.  Your timetable commitment in term three will be between 11 and 13 hours per week.

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

Where will I train?

Central training:
Primary SCITT Salaried core and subject knowledge training will take place at Bawburgh Primary School near Norwich, Horringer Court Middle School in Bury St Edmunds, Norwich Professional Development Centre and The University of Suffolk in Ipswich.

Main Placement Schools:
Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT Salaried has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 high achieving primary schools across the two counties and beyond. You will apply for a Primary SCITT Salaried place through one of our Lead Schools and you will normally be placed within a consortium school which is linked to this Lead School. We will seek to place you in a partnership school which is within a reasonable travelling time of your home address.  In your application, you will have the opportunity to identify a specific school where you would like to undertake your training. You do not, however, have to have strong links with a school in order to apply.
For a full list of partnership schools which have applied for Primary SCITT Salaried places, please click on Primary SCITT Salaried partnership schools

Second School Experience:
Your main placement school will be your employer for the duration of the course. This school will release you for six weeks during term two in order to undertake a period of experience within a contrasting school

How will I be supported?

  • By the Primary SCITT Salaried team:  ‘The programme leader, senior primary trainer, senior mentors/ trainers and the quality assurance group make a very strong and cohesive team’ (Ofsted report, June 2013).
  • 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 who will meet with you in June/July 2017 to conduct an individual needs assessment and who will then support you throughout your training.  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 and monitor clear targets and action points.  You will be observed teaching at least once per week with written feedback on the Primary SCITT Salaried lesson observation pro-forma.
  • By core and subject knowledge trainers:  In our recent exit questionnaire, primary trainees rated the support they received through their Thursday training experience very highly

How will I be assessed?

  • Using the Teachers’ Standards:  In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against parts one and two of the Teachers’ Standards including the eight separate standards which make up part one.  These eight standards cover a range of key professional competencies including curricular knowledge, lesson planning, behaviour management and assessment.
  • By Key Stage. All Primary SCITT Salaried trainees are assessed across two consecutive key stages/age ranges.
  • Through a process of continuous assessment:  Your School Mentor will use their lesson observations of your teaching and their meetings with you in order to track your progress on our Teachers’ Standards Assessment Grid.  In the course of your training you will be supported in compiling a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards in full.
  • Your SCITT Tutor will work with your School Mentor in order to conduct formal assessments at three separate points in the year.
  • Your final grade will be determined by the SCITT Salaried Assessment Board who will take the full range of evidence into account in order to reach a judgement.
  • You will be required to submit two written assignments in the course of the year.  Those who opt for PGCE/M level credits will need to submit one additional assignment.

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.’

What do Ofsted inspectors say?

‘Primary salaried trainees are confident practitioners with authority and presence in the classroom. Their lively and engaging teaching promotes pupils’ good behaviour and attitudes to learning.’

‘Trainees use a good range of teaching approaches to gain pupils’ interest and to develop their understanding and skills. They have good subject knowledge which they use well in planning lessons and learning activities. Their professional attitudes and behaviour, and enthusiasm for teaching, are highly regarded in their schools.’

‘The provider and the teachers it supplies, are held in very high regard across the region.'

-Ofsted June 2013.