The John Taylor SCITT
Primary (37MV)

QTS full time

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our goal is to ensure that all our trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional learning adventure for every child in every school, and we achieve this through creating a unique experience for every trainee on their journey into teaching.

As a guide trainees spend 4 days in school and 1 day training each week.

There are 6 distinct components to our training programme and each is explicitly linked, assuring that there is a coherence between the elements:

  1. Induction
  2. Classroom Practice
  3. Professional Studies Training Modules (Professional Studies, Barriers to Learning)
  4. Subject Knowledge Development Modules (English, Maths and Wider Curriculum)
  5. School Based Tasks
  6. Masters Level study

Professional Studies Programme As a family of schools, we work collaboratively to design and deliver our exceptional and exciting school based training offer. The Training Centre at John Taylor High School will be the main venue for much of the Professional Studies training, although some will be delivered in local primary schools to enable you to develop theory alongside practice. During training sessions we come together to develop curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching, engage in professional practices such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care as well as deepening our understanding of pedagogical themes including assessment for learning and differentiation.

Primary Subject Knowledge Programme Alongside pedagogical themes a significant proportion of your training will involve the development of your curriculum and your subject knowledge for teaching. There will be an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence in delivering the whole curriculum.

Masters in Teaching and Learning Alongside your QTS you will be accredited with a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits. This will be accredited by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Master’s level programmes, subject to the agreement of the receiving university. There will be three assignments over the year, which will be closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE to support you, all university input will take place in the Training Centre at John Taylor High School.

Interview process

Interviews will normally be held at one of our partner primary schools to help you get a flavour of what school life is like.

Our interview process is rigorous and evaluates all aspects of your potential to teach. It has several parts which are designed to assess: Literacy and numeracy skills Interactions with children Awareness of qualities required needed to be a good teacher Awareness of what constitutes high quality teaching and learning in Primary Schools Interpersonal and communication skills Awareness of educational issues Rationale for wanting to become teacher Suitability for the profession Resilience

How school placements work

You will be assigned a Home School from our alliance and this is where you will begin and end your training year. Following a period of induction in the SCITT you will spend the majority of your time in the classroom developing effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of lessons you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by highly trained mentors, all of whom are committed to ensuring the very best experience and outcomes for their trainees.

After Christmas you will undertake a shorter second placement in a different school. This is an opportunity to learn within a new school context and through exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies develop your practice further. Second placement schools will also offer a contrast in key stage and school context. Unlike other providers, we also offer 2 small enhanced placement opportunities before returning to your home school, these include a special school placement and an Early Years placement. We feel both of these are essential in supporting you to develop a wide range of skills and strategies to support your teaching.

Allocation to your home school within the alliance will been based on a number of criteria:

  • The school’s willingness, capacity and competency to host a trainee
  • Trainees’ personal circumstances, e.g. distance to travel*, age range preferences etc.
  • Trainees should note that all our schools are deemed to be within an acceptable travelling distance from John Taylor High School.

Allocation to the second placement is based on the above and this will include a contrasting key stage so that all stages of the Primary curriculum are covered throughout the training year. It is important that trainees have experience of 2 contrasting school contexts and experiences a school presenting a degree of challenge.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £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.



Degree All applicants are required to hold a good UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher, however a 3rd class degree may be considered for applicants with significant and successful school experience.

GCSEs Applicants must have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths and Science

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated trainees with a real passion and commitment to ensuring the very best outcomes for every child, regardless of their starting points. Enthusiasm and a desire to inspire and motivate young people are essential qualities in all applicants. Successful trainees will be expected to reflect on and evaluate their progress and practice in the classroom, identifying ways to improve and always willing to take advantage of professional development opportunities. We require our trainees to be good team players, who listen as well as contribute and who have an appreciation of the strength of collaboration.

Other requirements

  • DBS All applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced DBS check within three months of the course start date, and complete an Overseas Police Check form to declare if they have lived abroad.

  • Fitness to Teach All offers are subject to medical clearance via a pre-course health questionnaire.

  • School Experience An amount of school experience may help you in your application and preparation for the programme.

About the training provider

The John Taylor SCITT, offering both primary and secondary programmes is based at John Taylor High School. We have 14 secondary school partners, 17 primary and 3 special school partners all of which are located within half an hour of the SCITT, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are a relatively small provider and as a consequence pride ourselves on knowing all our trainees well and being able to offer highly personalised support. Typically we have between 5-7 trainees per subject on our Secondary programmes. Our core offer is school based and mirrors our School Direct programme, led by the National Forest Teaching School. Trainees work closely with a Subject specialists. who will get to know them very well during the course of the year, visiting them in their placement school and supporting them during weekly training sessions and termly tutorials. We consider the subject specific input to be a real strength of our programme. Additional in- school support is provided by school- based professional mentors, subject mentors, class teachers and members of the SCITT team.

The John Taylor SCITT is based on the John Taylor High School site in a bespoke training centre.

In 2017 the SCITT was commended by Ofsted for :

  • their vision and ambition
  • the training and support provided
  • the quality of placements offered
  • their responsiveness to needs and views of trainees
  • communication and collaboration with partner schools
  • trainee outcomes
  • employment rates
  • professionalism and commitment of NQTs

Training with disabilities and other needs

The John Taylor SCITT welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The training centre, on the John Taylor High School site has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact details

01283 247813
John Taylor High School
Dunstall Road
Barton under Needwood
DE13 8AX


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