This is a suitable route for graduates with some classroom experience. This classroom experience could have been gained as a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, unqualified teacher, or similar classroom-based role in a school, and we only consider graduates with this type of experience for this route.
This route is available for those who wish to teach at Primary or secondary level, and is offered in a range of secondary subjects.
You will train for one year and gain QTS and the PGCE, and will be employed by your school for at least twelve months. You could be teaching up to 21 lessons from the start of September, and could be asked to take on additional duties such as attending parents’ evenings, or doing break duty.
As with the tuition fee route, you will have a mentor in your school to guide and support you with your development as a trainee teacher.
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. To supplement this, trainee teachers will also participate in three focused placements. Trainee teachers do a three week placement in the second term, which will offer them a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools.
Furthermore, trainee teachers will also benefit from a week’s placement in a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees). They will also gain experience within the Tri Borough 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.
A teaching apprentice will be paid the basic rate for an unqualified teacher. The salary will be paid by your employing school, and the £9,250 can be paid for through their apprenticeship levy.
It is essential that you are working in a school already that can employ you during your training year. Note, your placement will not be at our schools in Pimlico, but at your employing school.
This salary can not be used in conjunction with any other bursaries or scholarships.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
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 25-30 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 a past paper GCSE-level question, for which no preparation is required.
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.