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SCITT in East London Schools (SCITTELS) Primary (2RN6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The SCITTELS PGCE (non-salaried) programme is a full time, one year programme taught over three terms. It starts at the beginning of September, and follows school term dates. We provide training in the 3 to 7 and 5 to 11 age ranges.

Distinctive features of this course:

  • We have a strong commitment to Equal Opportunities and promote this with the utmost importance. Inclusion and anti-racism are key features and strengths of our programmes and we are committed to training teachers who will value and build on the linguistic, religious, ethnic and cultural diversity that children in East London communities bring to school and who in turn, will prepare all children for life in a diverse society.

  • Trainees are mainly based in one school, where they will develop a close working relationship with the staff, pupils and parents.

  • We have a balance of centre-based training in theory and practice with extended school placements where trainees can put this learning into practice.

  • Focus on preparing trainees for teaching children with diverse needs (for example pupils with English as an Additional Language or SEN; higher attaining pupils, vulnerable or Looked After Children).

  • We have high expectations of our trainees - both academically and in their classroom practice.

  • We have a great commitment to equal opportunities, including raising attainment for all and closing the gap.

  • A particular focus on teaching reading (including systematic synthetic phonics); early maths; assessment and P.E.


At the start of the programme, all trainees will meet with their designated professional tutor - from SCITTELS - to devise a bespoke action plan based on their individual needs. Subsequently, trainees will be assessed weekly by their School Based Mentor against their targets. Training activities will enable trainees to gather evidence towards their targets throughout the year.

The School Direct PGCE programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the academic award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), comprising of 60 M Level credits. The programme is currently validated by Goldsmiths University.

Trainees on the programme complete two assignments which are assessed at level 7. Additionally, trainees will be assessed on their school experience, against the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012).

School placements

Placements for this route will be in either (3-7 age ranges) Early Years and Key Stage 1 or (5-11 age ranges) Key Stage 1 and 2.

We work in partnership with over 30 schools in Newham and the surrounding boroughs. We aim to place our trainees in a school that is within 30 minutes commute by public transport. Due to our expansive partnership schools are never too far away.

Trainees will spend their time training in a minimum of 2 different schools. Trainees will spend the autumn term at their first placement school. Following this, they will then go to another school for the whole of spring term (different age range) and return to their first placement school in the Summer.

Trainees spend most of their time in school. 4 days are spent in school and 1 day, usually a Friday, is spent at SCITTELS for training.

(Placement arrangements may change depending on government guidance re: COVID-19)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A first degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas qualification)

  • GCSE Grade C/4 or higher or equivalent in English, Mathematics and Science

Please note, we are willing to accept pending qualifications, but the results of pending qualifications and all other outstanding conditions should usually be met before the end of June.

Personal qualities

  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English (both written and orally).

  • A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn (you need to demonstrate that you are a quick learner and can meet the professional demands of the programme).

  • Well developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness.

  • A commitment to equal opportunities.

  • Evidence that you can meet the academic demands of the programme.

Other requirements

In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will be asked to:

  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Undergo an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

SCITTELS (School Centred Initial Teacher Training in East London Schools) has twice been graded Outstanding by Ofsted, who described us as providing ‘the best possible training’. This is a view shared by current and ex-trainees, employers and partnership schools.

We pride ourselves in developing strong relationships with individual trainees and schools. This means we are able to provide personalised training that meets the individual needs of each of our trainees. Each trainee is assigned a Professional Tutor who monitors their progress and well-being throughout the programme and is available to answer any queries through the year.

The SCITTELS programme prepares trainees for teaching in diverse, urban environments. While the training programme covers all aspects of a teacher’s role, inclusion and behaviour management are particular strengths. The skills you learn on the SCITTELS PGCE will prepare you for teaching whether you choose to stay in East London or move elsewhere.

The SCITTELS PGCE is a one year, full-time course. Trainees can choose whether to specialise in Early Years and Key Stage one (ages 3-7) or Key Stages one and two (ages 5-11). It is assessed against ‘M’ level criteria leading to Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits at Master’s Level. Our PGCE is validated by the Goldsmiths University.

We provide a range of employment support to ensure trainees are best-placed to gain their first teaching job. Many PGCE trainees are offered employment at one of their placement schools and almost all secure full-time employment after completing the programme.

Interview process

Due to Covid-19, interviews in autumn will be conducted by video conferencing. This will usually be with a member of the SCITT team and a leader from one of our partnership schools.

Stage 1:

Application Scrutiny:

Personal Statement

When scrutinising your personal statement we are particularly looking for evidence of:

  • Recent, relevant experience

  • Reflection on school experience that shows what you have learnt from this experience

  • Understanding of the demands of the teaching profession

  • Excellent written English

  • Understanding of the demands of the PGCE and the teaching profession

Stage 2:


  • The second stage of the selection process is the selection day. This will involve the following activities:

English Task:

  • A short spelling task;
  • Correcting sentences to Standard English;
  • Adding punctuation to sentences;
  • Complete a piece of writing, based on a given question.


In order to assess your potential to teach, including the ability to present information clearly, and to reflect on your performance in order to improve, you will be asked to carry out a short presentation activity (Details of the presentation theme will be sent to you before the interview day).


You will be asked a series of questions designed to assess your potential, this will include questions designed to assess your personal skills and qualities.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The SCITT in East London schools welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities. Colegrave School, where the SCITT is primarily based, is equipped with disabled access and facilities.

Contact this training provider

SCITTELS, Colegrave Primary School
Henniker Road
E15 1JY

Support and advice

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