School-based initial teacher training

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Are you passionate about becoming a teacher? Do you want to make a difference and shape a life? Then teaching is for you.

Did you know that you can train in North Lincolnshire to become a teacher? The North Lincolnshire SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) Partnership is a highly successful, fully accredited, teacher training provider that offers school-centred initial teacher training in both primary and secondary education.

We also offer an assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS) for people who already have substantial experience of teaching or instructing.

Course overview

We offer a full-time course that runs from the beginning September until the end of June each year.

The course begins with an induction programme in Scunthorpe. During this induction, we will work with you to create a personal training pathway, based on your requirements and previous experience.

The main components of the programme are:

  • School-based training in two contrasting schools
  • A centrally delivered professional studies course
  • School-based subject and pedagogical development
  • Regular observations and tutorial support
  • PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) module tutorials and study support
  • Grade C or Level 4, or above, in GCSE Mathematics and English (or a recognised equivalent qualification). Applicants for the primary course must also have Grade C or Level 4, or above, in GCSE Science. We also accept grades equivalent to GCSEs from Equivalency Testing.
  • Have, or be in the process of gaining, a good honours first degree (ideally first class or upper second class), or recognised equivalent. Applicants who have, or who are likely to achieve, a 2:2 honours degree, and who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching, will also be considered.
  • Applicants do not necessarily need to hold a degree in a specific subject to be able to teach it effectively. However, applicants for secondary school-based training should ideally hold an ‘A’ level (or equivalent) in their chosen subject. Their subject knowledge can then be developed through attending a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
  • If you have trained to be a teacher overseas and would like to teach in the UK, you will need to show evidence of your qualifications to teach in your own country, and show that these are the same level as UK qualifications. This information can be obtained from NARIC.
  • You must be able to read effectively and demonstrate your communication skills in spoken and written Standard English.
  • You must pass our fundamental tasks set by the Partnership during and throughout the initial teacher training programme.
  • Original certificates for all relevant qualifications will need to be produced at the interview stage.
  • You must not have failed or withdrawn from a previous ITT programme unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • You will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks before taking up a training place.

Anyone who meets our qualification criteria can apply to the SCITT programme in North Lincolnshire.

Most people train with us for the following reasons:

  • A desire to teach, to inspire and be extraordinary
  • Want to be immersed in the life of school and train ‘on the job’
  • They are recent graduates and have a passion for their subject
  • Change of career

As a highly-regarded, accredited initial teacher training provider, with an excellent reputation, we provide the following opportunities for successful applicants:

  • A high-quality, full-time, school-centred initial teacher training programme delivered in partnership with academies, primary schools and secondary schools in North Lincolnshire.
  • You will have a dedicated school-based trainer and course tutor to support you.
  • Training available in a choice of age phases: primary (5 to 11), secondary (11 to 16), with subject specialisms determined on an annual basis.
  • The choice of ‘school-centred initial teacher training’.
  • Successful trainees are awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) with full PGCE in association with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
  • Excellent prospects in relation to securing a first teaching post – the Partnership has a proven track-record of producing high-calibre teachers, many of whom now occupy positions of senior leadership.
  • A bespoke and personalised training programme to meet the needs of individual trainees so that they are able to achieve the highest possible outcomes.

Most of the course is spent in school, working alongside a school-based trainer. This training is supported by central training. Once you have completed the course, you will achieve QTS (qualified teacher status) with a PGCE (post-graduate certificate in education).

Partnership training

Partnership training is delivered by high quality facilitators.  The sessions provide both pedagogical insight as well as practical techniques. You are given strategies to enable you to develop your toolkit to use in the classroom.

School-based training

This vital aspect of training is fully complementary to that delivered centrally, adding the real-life dimension and experience. From the beginning, you will be like a member of staff. You will attend staff meetings and professional development sessions. You will be in school from the first day of the school year, so you will feel part of the team from day one.

School-based training includes the following:

  • Observing best teaching practice.
  • Collaborative planning and weekly professional development meetings with school-based trainers.
  • Shadowing individual pupils, target groups and whole classes.
  • Learning from and alongside phase or subject specialists.
  • Teaching and evaluating sequences of lessons.
  • An extended placement in a contrasting school.
  • Opportunities to visit provisions for students who have particular special needs.
  • Undertaking action and theoretical research (often linked to your PGCE units).

Teaching and pedagogical development

The training course is based on personal need and prior experience. Trainees will begin to teach groups and whole classes after the induction period. Initially, this will be for approximately one day per week, increasing to around two days per week later in the autumn term. During the spring term, teaching will be approximately three days per week, increasing up to a maximum of five days per week in the summer term.

The rest of the week will be devoted to observation of good practice, targeted work with groups of learners and school-based research, to deepen knowledge of how children learn and progress.

You will have regular, moderated observations of your teaching at all stages of the course will be used to support and develop your practice.

The assessment process is ongoing throughout the course. This allows trainees to access support and training appropriate to their individual needs. By the end of the course, trainees must demonstrate their achievement in relation to the Teachers’ Standards, via the partnership’s e-portfolio system. Our goal is that all trainees achieve the Teachers’ Standards at, at least, a “good” level.

All our trainees have a subject, or phase, school-based trainer who will be a teacher in the host school. The trainer will ensure you access training that fully complements and supports partnership training sessions, concentrating on appropriate phase or subject knowledge. In addition, each trainee will have a partnership tutor with phase or subject specialist knowledge, who will visit the school on a half-termly basis to observe and review trainee progress.


Tuition fees for 2020/2021 training with the North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership will be £9,250. This is inclusive of a PGCE awarded through our HEi Partner, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

Assessment of students living in England is carried out by Student Finance England and administered through the Student Loans Company.

Student Finance England will determine whether or not you are eligible for a maintenance grant under this system. They will work out the amount of government support you should receive. This will depend on your own and (in most cases) your legal guardian’s or spouse’s/partner’s income.

Bursaries and scholarships

Bursaries are available for training in many secondary subjects. Scholarships are also available in a number of secondary subjects.

Tuition fee loans

Eligible students who have a personal liability for fees will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover these costs.  This means that you won’t have to find the money before you start the course, or whilst you are studying. The fees will be paid directly to your university or provider, on your behalf, by the Loans Company. In this case, to the North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership.

There is no upper age limit imposed for tuition fee loans. This loan will be repaid once you have completed the training programme and you are earning over £21,000 per year.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan even if you have had a student loan in the past, whether or not you are still paying it back. Your repayments will not increase due to the extra loan, only if you earn more.

Some students elect to pay their own fees. In relation to the North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership, these are due in two instalments. Half at the beginning and half at the end of the training.

Salaries whilst training

Unfortunately, there are currently no salaried training places in schools in North Lincolnshire.

Other financial support

There is a range of financial support on offer for trainee teachers. This includes maintenance loans and extra financial support for parents and people who have a disability, or people who have an adult dependent. Please visit the government’s Get Into Teaching website for more details.

You may also be eligible for a Council Tax discount.

Applications must be made via the UCAS portal.  Use the search facility on the UCAS website to find us and read in detail what we offer.

Application deadlines

As a provider, we aim to be as flexible, supportive and responsive in terms of our recruitment processes.  Applications are accepted until all places have been filled. Assessment days take place throughout the year, organised to meet the demand.  Please apply as soon as possible to have a better chance of gaining a place in September.

Application support

We can offer practical advice to help you decide if teaching is the career for you, and if school-based training is the best route for you to take. We will talk you through the recruitment process to help you apply successfully.

  • Our trainees consistently rate the quality of the training and pastoral care provided as outstanding and never less than good.
  • 80 per cent of trainees have rated the overall effectiveness of their training as outstanding over the last five year period.
  • Trainees are well-prepared for, and are confident in, meeting the rigours of their first teaching posts.
  • Retention into the profession remains consistently high after five years – as recognised by Ofsted.
  • Highly-skilled, expert trainers and mentors with many years’ experience of training and mentoring teachers and trainee teachers
  • Further supplemented and enhanced through the use of a wide range of school based leaders and practitioners and other external pedagogical experts
  • The leadership across the Partnership was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted (2016)

All applicants are required to complete a ‘fit for job’ assessment. A successful enhanced disclosure from the DBS is also required before commencing the course. We will fund both of these checks for you.

  • Are you teaching as an unqualified teacher or instructor in a primary or secondary school?
  • Do you have substantial experience in this role?
  • Would you like to become fully qualified as a teacher?

If so, you could be an ideal candidate for our ‘assessment only’ route to Qualified Teacher Status.

What qualifications do I need for the assessment only route?

  • A first degree (honours) of a UK higher education institution (or equivalent).
  • At least a Grade C or Level 4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths (and Science, if training in primary phase).
  • You must pass our fundamental tasks set by the Partnership.

You will also need a recent, enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

What experience do I need for the assessment only route?

  • At least two or three years’ teaching experience as an unqualified teacher. (Please contact us if you have between two and three years’ experience.)
  • Robust evidence that you meet all the Teachers’ Standards for QTS without the need for further training.
  • Experience of teaching whole classes in at least two different schools, and two consecutive age phases.
    • For example, if being assessed for secondary, 11 to 16 age phase, there must be evidence of teaching in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. If being assessed for primary, 5 to 11 age phase, there must be evidence of teaching different age groups in either KS1, KS2, or across the two key stages.
  • To be employed and supported by a school so that you can demonstrate competence against the Teachers’ Standards.
    Currently working in one of the following age phases: 5 to 11 years or 11 to 16 years.

Why choose North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership for your assessment?

  • Ofsted recognised us as a “high quality accredited training provider with a proven track record”.
  • We offer flexible start times to provide a personalised programme.
  • Advice and preparation before registration to make sure you are ready to proceed.
  • We offer on-going support and dedicated tutor support between assessment stages.
  • Once accepted onto this route, the whole process of assessment takes a maximum of only 12 weeks.