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 55 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 personal tutor who is committed to supporting each trainee over their training year. This includes weekly email contact, visits to observe teaching and end of term progress interviews.
Our partnership of over 250 schools is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk and into Cambridgeshire. We go to great lengths, through quality assurance and our local knowledge, to ensure that all placements are of a high standard. Trainees are supported by school mentors who are enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals.
Trainees spend approximately 26 weeks on school placement. Most of this is in the main placement school in the autumn and summer terms, with the spring term in a contrasting school.
The distance to school placements will vary. These take into account the trainee’s home address, whether they have their own transport and the placement that the school is able to offer. Our policy is to endeavour to keep journey times to school to a maximum of 50 minutes each way.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
The Beeches Primary School
The Beeches Primary School, Shakespeare Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6ET
Thorpe Leadership and Excellence Centre
Norfolk Teaching and Leadership and Excellence Centre, Pound Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XQ
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 is paid for by Primary SCITT. It is expected that you join the update service (£13 per year at a cost to you).
Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria. Primary SCITT use an Occupational Health provider to assess Fitness to Teach. The initial screening is paid for by Primary SCITT, trainees may be asked to contribute towards further costs.
You may require a certificate of good conduct if you have lived overseas in the past five years.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Suffolk & 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.
Trainees are supported by school mentors and SCITT Tutors who have a range of experience as classroom practitioners and often headteachers or members of senior leadership, so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.
Primary SCITT is a highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities to trainees.
The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers.
You will be invited to an in-person task day in either Ipswich or Norwich 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 study 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.
University of Suffolk Thomas Slade Court, 120 Star Lane Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1JN
Support and advice
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