What is a SCITT?

A SCITT (School-centred Initial Teacher Training) is a network of schools that are approved to run school-centred courses.  This is a practical and hands-on type of teaching training that is delivered by experienced and practising teachers.  SCITT is similar to the non-salaried School Direct option.

SCITT courses usually last for one year (starting in September), and as you are based in schools throughout the course you will gain a valuable insight into what teaching involves.


Who is involved in the Hillingdon SCITT?

The Hillingdon SCITT is based in West London and is made up of the following network of secondary and primary schools:

  • Abottsfield School
  • Bishop Ramsey Church of England School (Lead School)
  • The Breakspear School
  • Deanesfield Primary School
  • The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School
  • Haydon School
  • Ruislip High School
  • Swakeleys School for Girls
  • Vyners School


How does the Hillingdon SCITT work?

Your teaching practice will take place in two different schools starting with a main placement, then a shorter second placement in a contrasting school, and then returning to your main placement.

Experienced mentors/coaches will support you every step of the way to help provide a supportive Mentoring approach.  As trainees’ confidence and pedagogical skills grow, a coaching approach is used as this becomes more suitable to support trainees.

Tax free bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for some specific subjects and phases.  There is also an option to achieve a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) working with Roehampton University for primary trainees and the Institute of Education for secondary trainees.


Where can I found out more information about the Hillingdon SCITT?

You can find out more about the Hillingdon SCITT entry criteria and assessment requirements, and available subjects and phases can be found on the Hillingdon Teaching School Alliance website.

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