Do you want to get into teaching? Apply to The John Taylor SCITT

Why train with us?

Our Team

We have a small, friendly and supportive team.

Our Passion

We offer highly personalised support which enables our trainees to secure excellent outcomes.

Our Schools

We offer a diverse experience for trainees with both rural and urban settings.

Our Record

We hold a 7 year record of offering exceptional teacher training.

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About us.

The John Taylor SCITT has been a provider of Initial Teacher Education since 2014. Based in the charming Staffordshire village of Barton-under-Needwood, the SCITT is based in a bespoke Training Centre on the site of John Taylor High School, an outstanding school which enjoys a high reputation locally and nationally as a school with an enviable academic record based on inspirational teaching and exceptional pastoral care. As a SCITT we pride ourselves on the fact that as a relatively small provider we know all our trainees really well and can offer highly personalised support which enables our trainees to secure excellent outcomes.


The training provided during the Primary Programme is delivered by outstanding current practitioners from across the partnership and comprises a series of pedagogy modules, as well as subject knowledge seminars and subject-specific taster days. As for the Secondary Programme, themes from the Professional studies Programme are explored from the perspective of the different subjects, and trainees will work in small subject groups with a Subject Pedagogy Tutor to further develop their Subject Knowledge for Teaching. Secondary subjects available include Art, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL, PE and Science.
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Our programmes.

All our programmes are school led, and all our partner schools fully involved in both the design and the delivery of our programmes. Our vision as a SCITT is to support all schools and trusts in our alliance to attract and recruit high quality teachers and in the 7 years that we have been operating as a SCITT we are very proud of the fact that many of our trainees do secure employment in our partner schools. Recruitment and retention are at the heart of what we do.

Primary programme.

Our Primary SCITT programme offers an exciting opportunity for trainees to be immersed in the primary education system and to learn from exceptional mentors and class teachers across the John Taylor Teaching School Hub. Our offer includes 40 primary schools within the local area, each with a unique set of skills and expertise which we combine to give our trainees a wealth of experiences and perspectives throughout the training year.

Secondary programme.

Following a period of induction, the majority of your time during the secondary teacher training programme will be spent in the classroom developing your subject knowledge and effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of a lesson you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by a Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a SCITT Tutor.

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