Before applying

What is a SCITT programme?

A SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) programme enables graduates to enter the teaching profession through a school-based route, so learning to teach while teaching.

A SCITT provider is an organisation which has been accredited to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What is QTS or a PGCE?

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a legal requirement to teach in many English schools and is considered desirable for teachers in the majority of schools in England. 

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a 60-credit postgraduate qualification studied at level 7 that sits alongside QTS. These credits are earned at Master's level.

By successfully training with Future Teacher Training you would gain both QTS and a PGCE.

When do applications open / close?

Applications open every October, and run continuously until the end of the academic year.

However, if we cannot take any more applicants in your chosen training phase / subject we will close the course before this.

Therefore, while there is no deadline for applications, the sooner you apply the better.

How is the course structured?

For the majority of time you will learn ‘on the job’ through school-based training. Placements are vital in providing you with the broadest range of experience to help prepare you in becoming an outstanding teacher.

We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in one main host school for the majority of the course, with supplementary placements during the training year, designed to diversify and tailor your training experience against your own individual development needs.

These shorter, more focused placements will include a six-week second placement during the Spring (second) term which will offer a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. Furthermore, trainee teachers will also benefit from a pre-age or post-age phase placement within a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees) setting, in order to benefit from understanding curriculum progression across the phases. 

Our ITT professional training programme has been designed to allow trainees the opportunity to take responsibility for a few their own classes from the start of the academic year, whilst receiving high-quality mentoring and training. As the year progresses, you will be given the opportunity to increase the number of classes you are responsible for. You will undergo a bespoke programme to meet your own individual needs. 

What funding options are available?

That depends on the route.

Most of our courses are fee paying programmes and the course fees are £9,250.

Many trainees will be eligible for a tax-free bursary paid through the Department for Education and other funding, depending on the route.

Please take a look at the 'Routes' page on our site for more information.

Can I apply from overseas?

Overseas applicants from countries outside the EU must have the right to remain in the UK.


Applicants from other EU/EEA Countries

EU applicants must have ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’, this excludes the Republic of Ireland who are eligible to apply with an Irish passport.

Citizens from a country inside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, could apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.


Applicants from the Republic of Ireland

Irish citizens can continue to enter, work and study in the UK under the Common Travel Area.

They are charged the same fees as UK nationals, and may be eligible to some of the same funding.


Applicants from non-EU/EEA countries

For any of our courses you will need to have the right to study or work and this must be valid for the duration of the course.

Financial or funding entitlements for this route are not guaranteed for overseas applicants and we are not able to provide visa sponsorship.

I have non-UK based qualifications. Can I still apply?

In order to prove that you have suitable qualifications for our training routes, we require applicants who have not received their education in the UK, to obtain a 'statement of equivalency' from ENIC (formerly known as NARIC) in order to formally verify that your qualifications are equivalent to the UK standard. We recommend that this is done before you apply.

There are equivalency testing services available to acquire these qualifications before the start of your training. However, please speak to a member of the team to clarify any advice you receive as some courses may not be deemed acceptable. We are happy to advise on suitable equivalence testing agencies to include A Star Equivalency.

Can I apply if I am still on my degree course, or waiting for GCSE results?

If you are still studying your degree, you may apply but any offer of a place will be conditional on you obtaining your degree as per the entry criteria required to train to teach within the UK.

All trainees will need GCSE English language, mathematics and, for primary trainees only, one GCSE science qualification You may apply before you have your GCSE results, but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining a Grade C/4 or above in each of the required GCSE qualifications.


After applying

What will happen on my interview?

If we feel you meet our criteria, we will formally invite you to a first-stage interview. This initial interview will assess a candidate's suitability to ‘train to teach’ on one of our teacher training courses. The interview will involve:

  • Pre-interview tasks
  • Online panel interview
  • Post-interview tasks

Applicants applying for one of our salaried (apprenticeship) courses will then continue to a final school-based interview. This provides an opportunity for you to meet your potential employing school and aims to explore your suitability to manage the demands of a higher teaching load and responsibility for classes.

There may be some instances where a second-stage interview is required to further explore the suitability of a candidate applying for one of our unsalaried courses.


Pre-interview tasks

You will be asked to complete and return a series of tasks prior to your interview. This includes:

  • a short essay on ‘What makes great teaching?’
  • a lesson plan outline on a set learning objective specific to the subject you have applied for


Online panel interview

The online panel interview will last around 45 minutes and will be recorded.

We will ask you a series of questions about why you have chosen teaching as a career, and why you have chosen our route and specifically us as a provider. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at this point.


Post-interview tasks

After the interview we will ask you to complete a subject-knowledge task. This will be a GCSE-style question, for which no preparation is required.

Depending on the GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications you hold you may be required to complete a literacy and / or numeracy assessment.

How long will it take to hear back?

We will endeavour to notify you about the outcome of your application within three working days after your interview, but there may be instances where it takes slightly longer.

We will notify you via the DfE’s Apply service and, for successful candidates, confirm this via email.

After this you will receive a formal training offer which will outline any conditions that must be met prior to the start of training.

These are usually standard conditions set by all teacher training providers as part of our safer recruitment practice but for some applicants may include completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

Full guidance on how to meet your conditions and, where required, register on a SKE course will be provided during our ‘onboarding’ (registration) process.

What documentation will you need to see before I can join the course?

At either interview or induction stage, we will take copies of the following documents. As a minimum, please ensure you are able to provide original copies of these documents when requested.

  • GCSE Maths Certificate and/or Certified Statement of Results
  • GCSE English Certificate and/or Certified Statement of Results
  • GCSE Science Certificate or Certified Statement of Results (for Primary candidates only)
  • Degree certificate and transcript
  • Any other relevant qualifications (as requested)
  • Proof of NI number
  • Three different ID documents
  • Proof of address (posted and received within three months of the date being viewed)
  • Right to Work in the UK

For all qualifications, we can only accept an original Certificate or Certified Statement of Results. Provisional statements of results (often issued alongside certificates on results day) or headed and signed letters will not be accepted. You can order duplicates from your exam board or university.

You will then need to:

  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Undergo an Occupational Health assessment to assess fitness for teaching
  • Meet any further conditions as relevant and outlined in your formal offer letter

These are standard requirements that all teacher training providers are required to carry out. To support our ‘onboarding’ process, full details will be provided within our registration form, where we will be available to guide you through the process in time for the start of your course.

When does the course start, and how long is it?

The programme will begin with a two-week induction in the summer (often the first two full weeks in July) before your training year.

The course then begins in September, when you will return to your school and move into a teaching timetable, which will also include an afternoon of subject and / or professional studies training.

The course is full-time, and will conclude at the end of the academic year.

What will a typical week of training look like? 

You will be based in your placement school for four and a half days a week and attend your subject and / or professional studies every Tuesday afternoon which will be delivered using a hybrid model of online (remote) and onsite (face-to-face) training sessions. This will consist of both theory and practical training sessions that will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and excellent practice away from the classroom.  

You will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor whose role is to support you in developing your classroom practice, subject knowledge and ultimately help you to meet the Teachers’ Standards. All mentors are highly qualified and equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to support you throughout your training year. Your Mentor will meet you once a week to set and review targets, and will also observe you teach once a week to give you written feedback. In addition to this, you will be given formal written feedback at two key assessment points in December and June.

This is a full-time course and trainees are reminded that there is no opportunity for paid work alongside this commitment. You will be entitled to calendared school holidays throughout the year and will need to manage your workload carefully to meet all your SCITT and university deadlines.

How are trainees’ placement schools decided?

We place each trainee very carefully on an individual basis, taking into consideration a number of factors which may include:

  • the trainee's starting point to include any relevant prior experience
  • the requirements and wishes of the schools
  • the applicant's prior connection with a school e.g. as a teaching assistant or former parent
  • the applicant's ongoing connection with a school e.g. as a parent or governor
  • experience and personalities of the mentors available
  • any specific training development needs

How is the course assessed?

Trainee teachers are assessed throughout the year through assignments, evidence collection, teaching observations and school placements.

Two reports are generated in December and June to measure overall progress and set challenging targets for next steps.

How is the PGCE aspect of the training course delivered? 

There are around six subject seminars led by our PGCE provider, University of Sussex, throughout the year.

At these sessions you will meet with trainees from other providers to improve your subject knowledge. 

What will my teaching timetable look like?

You will be based in your placement school for four and a half days a week and attend your subject and / or professional studies every Tuesday afternoon which will be delivered using a hybrid model of online (remote) and onsite (face-to-face) training sessions.

Your holidays will follow the term dates of your placement school. However, you may find it useful to spend this time working on any extra research/assignments you have been set during training.

Your weekly timetable will be decided at the discretion of your school, in line with our indicative guidance. Different routes may have different timetable loading.

Unsalaried route

All trainees on this route will start on a small loading of (core / KS3) lessons, usually six periods per week until the end of the autumn term, after which this usually increases to twelve lessons per week.

This bespoke timetable will allow you to take full responsibility for your classes and add lessons more gradually after a period of observation and team teaching.


Salaried route

As an employee of the school, trainee apprentices will invariably be teaching more lessons from the start of term 1 in September. You could also be asked to take on additional duties, such as parents' evenings, or break duty.

For this reason, we expect applicants to be applying for this route to have experience of working in schools. However, to reflect your status as a new professional who is just starting out in your teaching career and embarking on a training route, you will start with a reduced timetable and build up during the course of the year.

The timetable will always allow for regular mentor meetings, collaborative working and observations of others. Mentors will either be double-timetabled in your lessons or be liaising with your co-teachers to co-ordinate your weekly observations. Mentors and/or co-teachers have clear roles in your classroom to observe your teaching and take notes and to circulate the room and act as a teaching assistant.

How many hours of study will the training consist of?

The training programme will require the commitment equivalent to that of a serving full-time teacher in terms of the length of school day, plus additional preparatory and academic work. The programme cannot be contained within a particular number of hours per week.

You are usually expected to be at school by 8am, and remain on site until 16:00, sometimes later. Training sessions on a Tuesday afternoon run until 17:00, which is a mandatory aspect of the course for all trainees.


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