Our course is entirely school centred providing classroom based, practical training, underpinned by a weekly educational studies programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition, trainees may opt in to gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with University of Cumbria. The course is salaried and runs full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.
Trainees receive structured classroom observations, weekly professional studies sessions and a phased introduction to small group teaching, team teaching and then whole class teaching.
Trainees will be assessed across the academic year against The Compton SCITT’s ITT Curriculum within a supportive and developmental model. Experienced subject mentors facilitate bespoke weekly targets to ensure all Teachers’ Standards are met by the end of the course.
There are 5 reflection pieces set over the training year. These are research based learning tasks embedded in the realities of the modern classroom. Current academic research and reading underpin all professional studies sessions and assignments.
The Compton SCITT Partnership is committed to the wellbeing of trainee teachers. We are aware that an ITT year will be demanding and therefore have a variety of mechanisms in place including a designated pastoral lead. “Somehow you’ve struck a happy medium between the checkbox requirements of government legislation and the true humanity that underpins teaching.” (English trainee).
The course is full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.
Trainees will be placed in one school for the entire academic year with a 6-week second placement at a contrasting partner school arranged by the SCITT Leadership Team. At interview trainees will be informed of potential placement schools. School Direct Salaried trainees choose their base school at the application stage and are typically interviewed at their selected placement school.
Partner schools are based locally to The Compton School in North London and are easily accessible by public transport. All partner schools have experienced subject mentors and professional tutors who are committed to high expectations of the SCITT Partnership. Compton SCITT trainees enjoy being part of a vibrant professional community across all partnership schools.
Trainees will be awarded Secondary QTS (11-16) and have the option to take on a PGCE with University of Cumbria however, all partner schools ensure trainees have the opportunity to teach A-Level classes in preparation for their ECT years.
Weekly professional studies training sessions will be held at The Compton School on a Monday with trainees at their base school from Tuesday-Friday.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
The Compton SCITT will accept equivalency tests from accredited providers. Please contact The Compton SCITT for further guidance if you are required to take an equivalency test.
Applicants must provide evidence of an interest in working with young people, possess high quality communication skills. Speak fluently, clearly and grammatically. Be able to think analytically and possess personal qualities such as warmth, enthusiasm, self-motivation and resilience.
Salaried trainees are paid at a minimum of Unqualified Teacher Scale 1.
Tuition fees for the course at £7,500. Trainees can also opt in to complete the PGCE. The cost of this is £1,700 and will need to be self-funded by the trainee.
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About the training provider
The Compton School is the ‘Lead School’ for a range of excellent Primary and Secondary schools in North London. As a lead school, The Compton School work with The Compton SCITT and UCL Institute of Education to offer a full range of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses.
The continuing professional development of staff has been at the heart of our sustained success as an Ofsted graded Outstanding School (2018). We have an excellent track record in training, retaining and developing staff as outstanding classroom practitioners, middle and senior leaders.
Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton School’s outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton School and across the partnership, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the UK, deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.
Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.”
We believe that our school based route to qualified teacher status will offer you an in-depth opportunity to work in a systematic, sustained way alongside outstanding teachers.
Above all, we are committed to delivering a first class “hands on” training programme that will provide you with the foundations for an outstanding career in teaching.
About the accredited body
The Compton SCITT Partnership is a well established Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider. The continuing professional development of staff has been at the heart of our sustained success as an Ofsted graded Outstanding School (2018). We have an excellent track record in training, retaining and developing staff as outstanding classroom practitioners, middle and senior leaders. The Compton SCITT has been training teachers for 7 years and is well established in producing excellent teachers. 100% of trainees have secured employment and have embarked on a most fantastic and rewarding career.
Applicants will be invited for interview on the basis of information provided on their application form. School Direct Salaried trainees will be interviewed at their chosen base school.
The interview will typically involve a half-day at the school. This will include a 20 minute lesson observation and a numeracy and literacy assessment. Candidates will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age range they will be teaching.
Candidates will be observed teaching by a member of our senior staff and a subject specialist. If successful in the first part of the interview candidates will then be invited to the final panel interview including the Headteacher.
The interview process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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