Apprenticeships are a salaried training route appropriate for existing school employees, or applicants with a school prepared to employ them for the duration of the course.
A salaried training route lasting for a minimum of 12 months (usually around 4 school terms)
Apprentices are released for 20% of their working hours (the equivalent of one day a week) for off-the-job training
Training costs are paid through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund
Central training is provided by PCP SCITT, which is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of an Apprenticeship
Apprentices are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (2012). They are guided by PCP SCITT staff and their school mentor to prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards. They will also complete 2 written assignments and undertake an End Point Assessment in Term 4 of training.
Candidates and their supporting school should contact PCP SCITT prior to submitting an application to discuss apprenticeship levy funding eligibility and requirements.
Apprentice trainees undertake a main placement in their employing school in addition to a placement of at least six weeks in a contrasting setting.
Applicants must hold a bachelors degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent as recognised by NARIC), or be currently completing their final year of study. A degree award of 2:2 or above is preferred.
All entrants must also have attained a minimum Grade C/4 (or equivalent) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and a Science subject, or will attain these qualifications before the start of the course. Equivalency tests may be accepted on request.
The apprenticeship is an exciting, fast-paced year. Candidates are expected to be enthusiastic, well-organised, hard-working and keen to seek their own highest possible standards of achievement. Successful applicants will demonstrate:
Appropriate subject knowledge or the capacity to develop it during the course
A commitment to a career in primary education
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to foster good relationships with children
An understanding of the demands and expectations of the teaching profession
Candidates do not need to be a Catholic or from a faith-based background.
Applications are invited from existing school employees, or those who have arranged for a school to employ them for the duration of their apprenticeship.
The PCP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment. All entrants undergo safeguarding and occupational health checks to ascertain that they are suitable to work with children.
For the period of their training, all apprentices must be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and paid in line with their employing school’s pay policy. This includes periods of training spent in other schools.
Maintained schools and local authorities must abide by school teachers’ pay and conditions, which states that an unqualified teacher must be paid such salary within the minimum and maximum of the unqualified teacher pay range.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Primary Catholic Partnership (PCP) SCITT has offered local initial teacher training for nearly twenty years and has been consistently graded Outstanding by Ofsted since 2011. Our lead school, Holy Family Catholic Primary, is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted, as is the primary teacher training provision of our partner, Bath Spa University.
In collaboration with our school and university partners, we offer a supportive training environment to around 35 trainees each year. Our inclusive ethos is central to our vision of training teachers who are confident, dynamic and creative professionals. PCP graduates endorse the high quality of our programme. 100% of respondents to our 2019 survey rated their school placements, preparedness to teach, and the pastoral support they received as good or better. Employment prospects are also strong, as our ‘rates of completion and employment are consistently higher than national figures’ (Ofsted 2018).
PCP SCITT offers a tuition fee PGCE route into teaching, and also works with the Catholic Teaching School Alliance to offer School Direct and Apprentice training places. Our successful alliance consists of over 30 schools in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and IOW. PCP SCITT offers successful applicants the training opportunity that meets their individual needs, in a location near them.
Located in purpose-built accommodation within the grounds of Holy Family Primary School, Southampton, the SCITT offers a well-equipped learning environment with two teaching rooms, a library and a spacious social area with catering facilities. The centre is accessible by car or public transport.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As an inclusive provider, PCP SCITT welcomes all candidates who meet the entry requirements, including those with disabilities or other needs. We work with trainees to offer individualised support according to their needs to allow each person the opportunity to reach their teaching potential.