SCITT Course Details

A one year ‘school-based’ programme involving teacher training in two of our Trust schools and short academic blocks of study held in schools across the Trust. The course offers a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS), or students have the option to undertake a QTS-only route into teaching, if preferred.


Courses on offer:

Primary Training - Unsalaried PGCE with QTS

Primary Training - Unsalaried QTS only

Primary Training – Apprenticeship route (availability for this route is limited and may not be feasible depending on when candidates apply through the DfE)


Course fees:

PGCE plus QTS: £9,250
QTS only route: £7,200


What is SCITT?

A School Centred Initial Teacher Training course allows you to train in a school of your choice in conjunction with a university provider. STCAT is privileged to work with a group of schools across the Xavier Teach SouthEast partnership who are invested in training the next generation of teachers. During the course, the majority of your training is in school, complemented by time spent in seminars. This allows the opportunity to underpin your classroom practice with the necessary educational theory. The School Direct teacher training route is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.  


The programme

You get the best of both worlds! You will receive intensive support from the STCAT and the Xavier Teach SouthEast Educational Partnership, your teaching colleagues as well as learning from subject experts who are leading the way in education. The programme commences in September 2024. You will train at two of our partner schools, across a range of age groups, to ensure a broad and diverse experience.  The programme timetable is designed to ensure that academic studies take place in short block periods enabling the focus to be on classroom practice and opportunities to fine tune your skills.  



Trainees receive intensive career support from our highly experienced teachers and mentors. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses. Students are equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. 


A choice of training schools

We believe that your choice of placement school is pivotal to the progress you will make on the course and you will have the opportunity to work with us in one of our exemplary Trust schools. There are several options during the one-year programme.