St Joseph’s College SCITT (School Direct)
English (25C6)

QTS full time

Accredited body
St Joseph’s College SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The programme covers the 11-16 age range, however we are also able to offer all trainees an additional post-16 enhancement through St Joseph’s College Sixth Form, and primary experience.

Our ethos is one of providing care and support for ‘the whole person’. The programme enables its Graduate Trainees to flourish with the help of a bespoke training plan. Training opportunities to support your individual training plan are identified within your lead or ‘placement’ school and you will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding teachers and school leaders. In addition, your in-school training is complemented by a weekly programme of subject knowledge development and wider professional development sessions. These are delivered centrally at St Joseph’s College by outstanding practitioners from our partner schools as well as invited experts. These sessions include specific training around child protection, behaviour management, SEND, EAL, literacy, preventing bullying, assessment and key aspects of effective pedagogy.

Assessment is continuous and evidence- based against the Teachers’ Standards but there is no requirement for the completion of additional assignments. This allows trainees to focus on developing the craft of the classroom. Your day-to-day support comes from your subject mentor in school and wider professional support from the lead school’s Professional Mentor. You have 2 formal assessment points, where a Quality Assurance Lead visits to agree the quality of your evidence against the Teachers’ Standards, your teaching, your reflections on your own progress and of the targets set for your self-improvement. This is supported by in-school half termly reviews with your mentors.

As a provider we pride ourselves on our flexible and supportive approach. You will work to an individual training plan tailored to your developmental needs but also building on any existing strengths and experience. You will be immersed in the life of your lead school from the first day of the new academic year and will therefore benefit from a high level of experience within and beyond the class room, experiencing and gradually assuming ‘the life of a teacher’. In the spirit of ‘gradualism’ your teaching timetable builds up, once you have observed best practice and begun leading parts of lessons, to 50% in term 1, 70% in term 2 and 80% in term 3. Thus you experience much of the curriculum and are able to trial and evaluate different approaches to teaching in order to flourish into the best teacher ‘you’ can be.

Interview process

We assess your potential to train to teach and, because our course is school-based and therefore provides an ‘immersive’ experience of school life, your journey into teaching starts with us at interview.

Here we conduct assessment activities involving students and staff, but we do not ask you to teach a lesson-you’re not a teacher yet! There are 3 parts to the interview which involve a presentation, a pupil panel and a formal interview. All relate to the Teachers’ Standards, the subject you wish to train to teach in, your ability to present, listen and respond to others, and bring out your appreciation of the role of a teacher, the curriculum, how you might help students to make progress and issues that affect our classrooms every day.

Interview panels contain representatives from lead schools and SCITT leaders who are suitably trained, and we moderate all candidate responses, giving feedback where requested.

We love spotting potential teachers who can impact positively on the life chances of young people, so please come and join our noble profession!

How school placements work

A trainee will be assigned to one of our partner schools as the ‘lead school’ and this is where the majority of their in-school training will take place. This placement commences on the first day of the academic year.

In the spring term trainees will undertake a ‘second school experience’ in a contrasting school within the locality of not less than 30 days for half a term. A shorter primary school placement of one week takes place in the autumn term, and sixth form enhancement training is available.

Our secondary schools in the partnership include Birches Head Academy, Cheadle Academy, Excel Academy, St John Fisher Catholic College, St Joseph’s College, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, St Thomas More Catholic Academy, The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent , The Discovery Academy, The Kings CE (A) School and Thistley Hough Academy.

These schools are all readily accessible and located within the city of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Preferably, you should have a degree where the majority of the content is in the subject you are applying to train to teach.

You must:

-have a UK undergraduate degree at ‘good’ honours level (2:2 or above), or a recognised equivalent qualification which must be awarded before July 2021.

-have GCSE grade 4/grade C or above in English and Maths which must be awarded before applying for the programme.

-be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both spoken and written English.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

It is advantageous if applicants have either paid or voluntary experience of working with the relevant age group of young people, and those with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.

Other requirements

We ensure that all trainees have been subject to appropriate pre-selection checks:

An enhanced DBS disclosure check and a prohibition check (UK and European Economic Area (EEA)) will be carried out before commencing the programme.

Successful applicants will be asked to complete a medical form prior to commencing the programme assessing ‘fitness to train to teach’

About the training provider

St Joseph’s College SCITT offers high quality, school-based Initial Teacher Training within the primary and secondary phase leading to the award of QTS. As an established accredited provider of ITT, we have a track record of supporting trainees to reach high standards who have enjoyed excellent outcomes and employment prospects that beat national benchmarks. As a trainee on this programme you will experience a truly school centred approach to your training that will enable you to acquire rapidly the skills needed to become a highly effective classroom practitioner. The programme covers either the 11-16 (secondary) or 5-11 age range (primary), however we are also able to offer all secondary trainees an additional post-16 enhancement through St Joseph’s College Sixth Form, and primary experience. For primary trainees we are able to offer secondary experience and EYFS enhancement.

St Joseph’s College has been graded by OFSTED as outstanding in every category and is a National Teaching School. We work as part of the St Joseph’s College Stoke Secondary Partnership and The Potteries Teaching School Alliance to deliver the SCITT/School Direct programme and this partnership includes lead schools from across Stoke-on Trent and the locality. This is a diverse area whose community the partnership serves to ensure the best possible outcomes for our young people. Our delivery draws on expertise from across our partner schools and this enables us to deliver high quality placements supported by expert subject and professional mentoring.

About the accredited body

St Joseph’s College SCITT is an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training. This independence allows us to offer a programme that is flexible and adaptable to the developing needs of the trainee. Our course leads to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Our special features and strengths include:

Bespoke Training Plans Expert mentoring Strong pastoral support for trainees Specialist subject knowledge training and wider professional development Opportunities to build up a timetable gradually to 80% by term 3 Opportunities to develop the role of a form tutor and to engage in trips and extra-curricular activities High completion rates (95%)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact details

01782 418211
St Joseph's College
London Road
Trent Vale


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