SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training. In July 2014, John Taylor High School was accredited as a SCITT, which means that we are the accrediting provider for trainees and can award QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to those who complete their programme
with us.

As a rule, for secondary applicants, your degree should be made up of at least 50% of the subject knowledge you wish to teach. Each person will have different circumstances and A levels can be taken into account. You may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. If in doubt contact us at scitt@jths.co.uk. For primary applicants a degree in any subject is acceptable.

You will be advised of your home school at our induction event which will take place in summer term. Schools are allocated using a range of criteria and whilst we do take into account where people live we cannot guarantee specific requests for placements.

Whilst we work with all trainees to offer a reasonable travel distance for placements, we will always prioritise a high-quality placement experience. This is no comment on any school or department however the SCITT will carefully consider capacity before assigning any placement. All trainees are notified of their home school placements in late June/early July.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that trainees will secure
employment, the majority of our trainees do. It is certainly our vision to “grow our own teachers” and recruit from our own pool of trainees but we cannot predict with any accuracy where the vacancies will arise.

Our programme will give you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and benefit from immediate insight into what teaching involves. However this doesn’t mean you will be teaching classes before you’ve had a chance to find your feet. You will have an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors on hand to help you throughout the programme.

UK ENIC are the National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills. UK ENIC provide candidates with a Statement of Comparability which will clearly state whether your qualifications are equivalent to UK qualifications. Very often, overseas candidates are asked to undertake an equivalency test in English, as English studied overseas may have been studied as a foreign language. It is very helpful to providers if candidates have gained this
evidence prior to interview, and may become a requirement of you being offered an interview towards the latter part of the recruitment year.

There isn’t a distinctive difference between the programmes, other than placements. Please refer to our interactive map to highlight the alliance of schools that each of our lead schools work with. Opting for our SCITT/ NFTS route will mean that you may be placed with one of our alliance partners; key trusted schools who have worked with us successfully for many years. Opting for a School Direct route with one of our lead schools will give you a greater indication of where you may be placed.
As a trainee teacher with us, you will have a quality assured placement and second placement organised for you, together with a primary school placement (for secondary trainees) or an Early Years placement (for primary trainees), and also a week within a special school. We work with a wide and diverse alliance of schools which enables us to offer you a contrasting placement to enhance your training year. Placements are announced during the induction period from June onwards. Our intention is that you will not be asked to travel more than 30 minutes from the lead school (John Taylor High School) for your placement.
Our programme is not only designed to make you classroom ready, but also interview ready! Our alliance partners support us with mock interviews to support trainees in honing their interview skills. The ethos of our programme is to ‘grow our own’ teachers locally, and our programme is seen as a recruitment tool for the many schools that work with us. Although, we can’t guarantee employment to any trainee, we have an excellent track record, and we are proud to witness the substantial number of former trainees who are now supporting us as mentors.
The SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) model is school-led provision in its truest form, meaning that the lead school has the autonomy to design and deliver a programme for trainee teachers to best prepare you for life in the classroom. Collaboration is key to this, our alliance schools participate in the planning and delivery of your training, which enables us to offer expertise from a diverse range of schools. As a SCITT trainee, you will benefit from working with teachers who are currently in the profession, who can offer you the most up to date and relevant benefit of their experience. We also buy in Masters credits from the University of Derby, enabling us to accredit you with a full PGCE at the end of your programme, whilst still offering you the benefit of NUS membership and access to the University’s library.

The John Taylor SCITT has the benefit of our own bespoke Training Centre, which is located on the John Taylor High School site. This forms a base for you to come and meet with trainees each Friday, in a professional yet friendly environment. Your training on Monday-Thursdays will take place in a local school as part of your school-based placements. 

School experience is extremely beneficial and is a recommendation in preparing you to apply for the programme. However, we do understand that the current and recent challenges in school have meant that many applicants may not have had the opportunity to gain any. School experience is not a mandatory requirement for applying to teach. We would recommend that you do as much research as possible prior to applying, and we look forward to a time when we can further support prospective trainees by welcoming you to John Taylor High School, or one of our primary partner schools.
You may be considered for an SKE programme as part of your conditional offer if you do not have a degree that is a direct match to the ITT programme you are applying to teach, or if you studied more than five academic years ago. Decisions are made on an individual basis in line with current DfE guidance. SKE courses can overlap with ITT courses, meaning that you may study simultaneously at the beginning of your programme, if required.

In line with SCITT’s and HEI postgraduate courses nationally, the cost of our programme is £9,250 or £6,935 for the part-time route. You may apply via Student Finance England from March onwards, and if this is your preferred option, we would advise you to apply as early as possible. A handy tool for calculating eligibility can be found at gov.uk.
You are also welcome to self-fund the programme if this is preferable.

Government funding changes each year, we recommend visiting education.gov.uk to find out more.

If your qualifications were gained outside of the UK, we will require a UK NARIC Comparability Statement to evidence your eligibility to train. View their website at ecctis.com. Rules have recently changed for Overseas applicants, you can find out more by visiting education.gov.uk.

We are partnered with Now Teach who support people coming into teaching with experience in other industries. Joining their national network gives access to bespoke coaching and support to help career changers thrive in their new profession. If you decide to train to teach with The John Taylor SCITT, continued support and developmental opportunities are offered through this partnership.

Contact rachael@nowteach.org.uk for more information.


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