We are delighted to welcome you to the Leicestershire Secondary School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme based at Rushey Mead Academy, in Leicester. We are incredibly proud to work with so many engaging and inspiring individuals as they begin their journey to become a teacher and start changing lives.

Teacher Training Course

Our teacher training course is built around spending time in schools working with and learning from amazing teachers, seeing how they work with their classes to motivate, inspire, stretch and challenge them as they develop into amazing young people.

Your journey to become a teacher has 3 main strands – the placements, your professional learning and your lead subject tutor sessions and it is these 3 elements that allow us to develop you into an impactful teacher ready to inspire the next generation.


Over the course of the year you will complete 5 placements and have the opportunity to work with inspiring practitioners in a range of schools. You will complete 2 long term placements in a secondary school. Here you will observe the teachers, complete some small group work, lead certain activities and then, when you are ready, you take over a lesson. You will then build up gradually as you develop the skill and art of teaching.

In addition to the secondary school placements, you will also complete 3 experiential placements in an SEND or SEMH school, a placement in a sixth form school or college and also in a primary school. The breadth of placements allows you to see exactly what a secondary school teacher does, as well as understand how to support students as they study their A Levels in KS5. You will learn how students are prepared fore secondary school in KS2 and also see how highly skill practitioners support students with additional learning needs.

All of these placements develop you into a well-rounded teacher, confident and capable of supporting any student who may be in your class.

Professional Learning

The professional learning programme is delivered by the amazing teachers form our partnership and provide the opportunity to get together with the cohort and learn about the different areas of pedagogy that all teachers need to know. The sessions are on Fridays and allow you to learn the theory throughout the year. As you learn something, you have the chance to apply it in lessons, which helps you to make rapid progress.

Lead Subject Tutor Sessions 

18 times a year, you come together on your teacher training, as a subject cohort, to build on the professional learning and experiences from your placements and develop into a subject specialist. Working with your Lead Subject Tutor, you explore what makes your subject unique, whether this is the subject specific take on an area of pedagogy or an area that is only relevant to your subject. These sessions help you see how to become an expert and to truly see how to have the greatest impact on the young people in your classes.

Support as you Become a Teacher

When we are teaching, we offer our students support, guidance, encouragement and much more and we feel passionately that our trainees will benefit from the same. And so, there is an extensive support network around you when completing your teacher training.

  • Teacher Educator
  • ITT Coordinator
  • Lead Subject Tutor
  • SCITT Management Team
  • Wellbeing Coaches
  • Teachers
  • Trainees

Whatever the issue, there is always someone there to listen, offer guidance or direct you to the right place.

Personal Development Days

Each one of our trainees is on a different journey to become a teacher and so what each will is different,. We have built in personal development days throughout our programme. You might be feel you need a day with the family, time to read up on research, catch up on paperwork, the chance to work with your Lead Subject Tutor or a multitude of other things. That is what the personal development days are for and why they are included in your teacher training.

Partnership Schools across Leicester and Leicestershire

We have amazing relationships with our partner schools across Leicester and Leicestershire and these allow us to offer you the right school to train in and the ideal environment to develop in. Even during the recent lockdowns, we have still been able to place our trainees in schools so that they could continue their journey to become a teacher.

Teacher Training Information Events

We hold regular get into teaching information events to help people explore the options available to become a teacher. We can help you understand the routes into teaching, eligibility criteria, funding, applications, interviews… pretty much anything you need to consider this amazing career in teaching.

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Trainee Voice Blog Posts

Our brilliant trainees have written various articles and blog posts to answer all the questions you have and a number that you don’t event know you need to ask

Read the blog posts here

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to apply then we would love to receive an application from you. Here is the link that you need


We are incredibly passionate about what teacher training and cannot wait to help you begin your journey to become a teacher.

Who Are We?

Find out what the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT is and what our principles are.

Teacher training mentor working with trainee teachers in class

Application Process

If you are ready to apply, or find out information about the application process, click here.

Teacher Training with the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT

Success Stories

Former trainees talk about their experience with the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT.

Here Are Our Partner Schools

As part of your placement, you will find yourself at one of our Partner Schools. These are split into Phase 1 & 2 placements, Sixth Form placements, Special & Primary Placements. Details of the Schools can be found on the map.