Sutton Park SCITT Dance (2YRP)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

In this course, you are trained by subject specialists in a secondary school to support you in your development as a teacher. You will be supported and guided in their subject knowledge development, as it is rare that a trainee teacher knows everything that a teacher of their subject needs to be able to teach. You will learn about pedagogy, about assessing student progress, about behaviour management and about the myriad things which teachers need to be able to do and to balance in their professional lives. You will manage your own ability to do all of these things increasingly well as the course progresses

You will be in school every school day from early September until the end of June. Monday to Thursday you will be in your main school, except for six weeks when you go to your second school. On Fridays you join all of your fellow trainees for ‘hub training’ online.

You are continuously assessed throughout the year using the online portal and the subject assessment document. You upload evidence to this document and write a commentary about it. You add to the evidence and the commentary throughout the year and your mentor assesses each section for you. On these document, you are demonstrating your increasing capability as a teacher.

Th online portal also records your weekly meetings at which your weekly targets are set, moving you forward in your professional development across the year in ways appropriate to the stage you are at in your training.

There are no assignments that you need to write. The assessment process is based entirely on the online documents and a moderation VIVA at the end of the course.

There is no guarantee of employment in your main school, but many trainees have gained employment in the schools in which they have trained or other schools involved in the SCITT.

Things our trainees have said:

  • Great course which I am extremely happy to be on!

  • Excellent support and guidance. Meetings and observation feedbacks have enabled me to reflect and learn from my teaching and has allowed me to make huge improvements in my delivery of lessons so far.

  • Very positive support, which will improve me as a teacher, very high standards

  • Great support and treated as a valued member of staff.

School placements

When a suitable application form is received, we look at where the person lives and which schools are able to support a trainee in their subject. We then make a preliminary decision on which would be the best school for them. The person is then invited to interview at this school.
There are sometimes circumstances when a person has a pre-existing connection with a school and has a preference to train there. This can happen in schools in addition to the ones listed, provided that the school is willing and able to provide the training.

Business Studies and Psychology trainees train by working with students aged 14 to 19; trainees in all other subjects train by working with students aged 11-16. In addition to this, all trainees will have experience of post 16 education and in primary schools.

The normal procedure is that a trainee will be at their main school between Monday and Thursday between the start of the course in early September until Christmas. During the first six weeks of the spring term each trainee goes to a second school to gain a contrasting experience.

After this, the trainee returns to their main school for the remainder of the course which finishes at the end of June. This ongoing link with the main school provides continuity, both with the children whom you experience progressing across the school year and with the teachers who support and guide you across the year.

Each Friday, we have ‘hub training’ when all the trainees from all schools and subjects meet together online for training which covers all aspects of teaching. Some subject specific training will take place after school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in dance 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Please contact Stephen Cormell for further details regarding equivalency tests 07309 708236.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £9,000

The fact that we do not spend your fees on university costs means that we pay the schools more significant amounts than do many providers, guaranteeing the individual training time from teachers which will lead to your professional progress.

Financial support from the training provider

Trainees have the opportunity to apply for a £2,000 bursary provided by Wesleyan to some trainees who are training in SCITTs in the Black Country boroughs. (All Sutton Park SCITT trainees are eligible to apply, even if they live or are in a main school outside these boroughs.)

We provide £100 to each trainee to spend on training or on resources relevant to their teaching.

About the training provider

The Sutton Park SCITT works with schools in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Shropshire. The single focus throughout the course is on you developing into the best teacher that you can be in the year, so there are no distractions from this such as writing assignments for university courses. You are immersed into the life of a subject department within a school where you are nurtured in your professional development in the way that is most appropriate for you at each time throughout the year. There is no blueprint for how you must train, for each trainee is different, comes with different levels of experience, has different personal characteristics and will develop styles of teaching which are appropriate for them as individuals.
Support from dedicated mentors in your school enables you to reflect and progress in your development as a teacher. This is teachers training teachers. Our online progress and assessment portal gives you and those supporting you access to the necessary information anywhere and any time, using the Chromebook which we provide. Ofsted said: “There is an extensive programme of training, centrally and on school placements, which ensures that outcomes are at least good for almost all trainees. This ensures that they are well prepared to teach at the beginning of their teaching careers.”

Interview process

The interview takes place in the school which is likely to be your main school, if you are offered a place and accept it. This gives you the opportunity to ask yourself if this could be a place where you can see yourself developing as a teacher and if the people that you meet are the kind of people that you think will be supportive in your development. There will be representatives of the department who will introduce you to the school and who will be able to answer the sort of questions that you might like to ask about the setting. There will also be the director or deputy director of the SCITT who will be able to answer your questions about the how the course works. The representative of the subject will be looking at your readiness to train as a teacher of the subject whilst the director or deputy director will be looking at whether you meet the statutory requirements to train to teach. There are three elements to the process:

  • an activity with children, to see if you are likely to be a person who can communicate with children around your subject area;
  • a written task;
  • an interview.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome trainees with disabilities and other needs openly. At every interview we inform applicants that, whatever health or other conditions they declare after they have accepted their place, we will provide whatever support and whatever reasonable adjustment is appropriate to whatever has been declared. We have had successful trainees in the recent past who have declared mental health conditions as well as physical ones. Illness and disability is not a barrier to being a capable teacher. We recognise that, very often, it is the individual themself who is the expert in their condition and we seek their guidance about the support that they need. We have also provided support to trainees with dyslexia, getting ICT equipment for them. We have also paid for dyslexia diagnosis where a trainee suspected that he might be dyslexic. Some of our school settings, including The Streetly Academy where most of the .Friday ‘hub training’ takes place, have extensive wheelchair access and lifts around the school.

Contact this training provider

07309 708236
Queslett Road East
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 2EX

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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