About the course
We offer specialisms in General Primary, General Primary with Mathematics, Early Years, Special Needs or Key Stage 2. 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.
The Tuition SCITT team will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with partnership school head teachers. You will lead a 10-minute teaching activity in a partnership school. If this this is successful, you will be invited to attend a task day.
At the task day you will undertake some short written tests to gauge your fundamental English and mathematics skills and some interpersonal tasks. This will be followed by an interview.
How school placements work
We have access to the SCITT partnership of over 250 schools. This is well-established and we have clear and strong working relationships with a range of primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you're from outside the UK.
A UK first degree (or equivalent). Normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
• GCSE English Language Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
• GCSE Mathematics Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
• Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC.
• Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
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.
A clear enhanced DBS check. Paid for by Primary SCITT.
An expectation that you will 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, if further investigation is required, trainees may be
asked to contribute towards the cost.
• If an applicant has lived overseas for more than three months in the past five years they will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct from that country.
About the training provider
Teaching can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging careers you can choose. And, if you decide to become a teacher, you will want to know that you have got off to the best possible start to your career.
Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT programmes have all been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted (May 2013). Trainee outcomes have been consistently high over the past three years with 76% of our primary trainees achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’ and 100% a grade of ‘good’ or better over the past two years. 100% of the 2016-2017 primary cohort secured a teaching post at the end of their training year.
Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is the largest provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training in the country and their SCITT programme regularly ranks in the UK top 10 (Good Teacher Training Guide Buckingham University).
You can apply for a place on the SCITT Salaried PGCE programme through Barrow CEVC Primary School, the lead school in the ConnectED Teaching School Alliance.
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 70% of trainees are outstanding and 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 leadershipteams, so have a wealth of experience to share. The Primary SCITT course is highly personalised course which offers a wide range of opportunities.
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 has full disabled access as do all the schools in the partnership. 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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Colethorpe Lane, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5AU
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
Get support and advice about teaching
Register with Get into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.
Is there something wrong with this page?
If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.