We offer specialisms in General Primary and Early Years. We provide a unique opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk for trainees to immerse themselves in a diverse range of teaching and training experiences which by the final term are highly personalised.
The training comprises of 3 placements in 2 contrasting schools over the course of the year combined with approximately 48 days in centre training.
The centre based training is provided by expert trainers, many of whom are still serving teachers. It covers all National Curriculum subjects and key aspects of primary education such as behaviour management, SEND and assessment. Trainees also have sessions focused on the two assignments and one presentation which contribute to their PGCE qualification (including 60 credits at M Level).
All trainees have a tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.
When applying for the salaried route, you need to have the support of a school that can offer you a placement, including paying your salary.
Trainees spend approximately 29 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the employing school in the autumn and summer terms, with at least 6 weeks in the spring term in a contrasting school.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School
Jessopp Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 3QB
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT
University of Suffolk, Ipswich, IP4 1JN
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
Please note - We do not accept Level 2 Qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy as equivalencies.
We are looking for committed, resilient individuals who are ready to undertake an exciting but rigorous training year. We are interested in people who are passionate and enthusiastic about children’s learning and have a desire to promote the best outcomes for all children. You need to be open to constructive feedback and see it as a tool to help you to achieve your potential by the end of the year. You must be organised and self-motivated as although you will be well supported, you also need to be focused on the commitment involved within this training year.
Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course. This check is carried out by your employing school but Primary SCITT do need to check your identity before starting the course.
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. This is organised by your placement school as part of their pre-employment checks.
If an applicant has lived overseas for more than three months in the past five years in line with safer recruitment practice they will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.
To be eligible for a place on the salaried course you must have the support of a school who is willing to pay your salary while you train. As a guide, trainees are paid full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher or instructor scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School is based in Norwich and has approximately 420 children on roll. We are part of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, which consists of Notre Dame High School and a number of Norfolk and north Suffolk primary schools. Trainees will have the option of working in any of our CMAT primary schools; you do not have to be Catholic to apply to our course - just supportive of our ethos.
At St Francis of Assisi, as in all our CMAT primaries, we are constantly striving to provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities and experiences. Our drive for excellence means that we keep abreast of current research and we incorporate best practice into all that we do.
We place a strong emphasis on enabling children to achieve the highest standards in essential areas of learning, such as literacy and numeracy, whilst at the same time bringing learning alive, making it exciting and stimulating through a creative curriculum.
Teamwork is a very strong feature of all our schools - as a trainee you will be welcomed, valued and supported throughout your time with us. We have a dedicated Well-being Team and many staff who have previously worked alongside trainee teachers.
In addition, our Teacher Training Lead at St Francis has worked with SCITT students for many years, as well as providing centre-based training sessions on various aspects of teaching.
About the accredited body
The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT programme is a personalised, relational and ethical training provider. Primary SCITT has very high attainment and employment outcomes for trainees. On average 95% of trainees are employed in local schools by the end of their training year.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience in schools as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership teams, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.
The Primary SCITT course is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
The Primary SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers.
You will be invited to a task day where you will undertake a short written activity to gauge your fundamental English skills and a group task focused on interpersonal skills.
This will be followed by an interview that will begin with you giving a short presentation.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT training venues in Ipswich and Norwich have full disabled access as do partnership schools. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
St Francis of Assisi School Jessopp Road Norwich Norfolk NR2 3QB
Support and advice
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
Find out about the different
ways to train
if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.