This route is a salaried route towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If successful, you will be employed by a main placement school for at least twelve months. You will receive the same entitlement to our excellent training programme and expert mentoring as unsalaried trainees. However, due to being salaried by the placement school, you would teach a higher number of lessons independently. Alongside your QTS training, all our trainees can choose to complete their PGCE through our top university provider.
We are a top-ranked training provider (third in the most recent ‘Good teacher training guide’) and are committed to providing trainees with the best possible start to their teaching careers. We are rated Outstanding in all areas by OFSTED and
On this route you will have access to excellent weekly training, led by our highly experienced team of trainers and subject curriculum experts. Through these curriculum experts you will also have access to exemplar curriculum and planning resources to alleviate the burden of planning from scratch in the early stages of your career. Furthermore, you will receive weekly, incremental, actionable feedback using our online instructional coaching programme.
The Pimlico London SCITT is part of Future Academies, a family of schools which has built a reputation for achieving the highest standards for all its pupils. We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a host school throughout the year. This offers you continuity with your classes and your mentor.
To supplement the main placement, you will also participate in three focused placements. The first is a three-week placement in the same phase as your main placement. This will offer you a contrasting experience within our wider network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools. In addition, you will also benefit from a week’s placement in a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees) alongside a short observational experience in an alternative provision.
A UK honours degree classed at 2:1 or above, or a recognised international equivalent. For secondary programmes, this must be relevant to the subject you are applying to train to teach in.
Excellent GCSE and A Level qualifications (all GCSE and A Level equivalent qualifications should be put on your application).
If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) prior to your application.
Applicants who do not need these requirements are urged to seek our advice before applying, to check they are eligible.
We also assess applicants against the following qualities in their preliminary applications and interviews:
A strong academic record and passion for your subject
Strong communication and leadership skills
The enthusiasm required to work with the children
Applicants also need experience gained from working in the classroom
In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will need to:
Have undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
Have undergone an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.
There is no tuition fee to pay for this route as this is covered through the apprenticeship levy in your employing school.
You will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher pay scale that is agreed with your employing school. The amount will vary depending on your duties, the number of lessons you will be teaching and the location of your school.
You can find out more about teacher salaries here:
Future Training at the Pimlico-London SCITT is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and sets a new standard in school-based teacher training and mentoring. The Pimlico London SCITT is part of Future Academies, a small family of schools in London and Hertfordshire. Our motto is libertas per cultum (freedom through education) and we have the highest expectations of our students and what they can achieve. We are committed to providing all students with a rigorous education in a well-disciplined but caring environment that will help them to compete on a level playing field with their more advantaged peers.
Throughout your training with us you will:
Receive weekly training from expert teachers.
Take guidance from carefully selected subject-specialist mentors who are trained in identifying specific, actionable feedback that will move your practice forwards.
Gain Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Interviews will be conducted by telephone conferencing. This will usually be with two members of the SCITT team, and you will be sent a link to this meeting on the day.
You will be asked to complete a series of tasks before the interview and send to us by email before the interview. This includes a short essay on what makes great teaching and a lesson plan document you will be asked to complete based on a set learning objective.
We will provide more details about the interview when we confirm this with you.
What will happen on the day of the interview?
The video Interview
The interview will last around 30-45 minutes.
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 us as a provider. There will also be the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have.
After the interview we will ask you to complete a subject-knowledge task. This will be at GCSE level and will support us in identifying the support needed in advance of starting in September and during your training year.
Before the course
In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course:
Provide proof of all qualifications
Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before starting the course
Undergo an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The needs of the candidates will be taken into account at interview. Trainee teachers benefit from a mentor who leads their support throughout their training.
The central SCITT team meets with trainee teachers weekly through our Professional Studies programme. This allows us to regularly update our risk assessment of the trainee teacher and adapt the course accordingly. For the right candidate(s), we may also be able to support part-time. This would be discussed at the interview stage.