The Leicestershire Secondary SCITT was formed in 2013 and has been one of the leading teacher training providers since. You can find out more information About Us or read some of our numerous Success Stories. Read below for some of the reasons we believe you should train with the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT.

When you become a member of the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT you also become a full member of the university of Leicester. The PGCE is delivered by the university tutors. You have access to all of their resources – the LRC, Welfare, Student Support and everything any other trainee would do.
The SCITT IS part of the Leicester Teaching School, who are responsible for delivering CPD to teachers from the city and county. This means that we have all the skills needed to help you become the best teacher you can be.

Why Teach?

Take a look at why you should teach, and if you would be a great leader of the future.

Why Teach?
School based training gives you maximum time in schools (over 30 weeks in schools) – in week 2 you will be on your first placement. But don’t worry, you are not expected to teach until you are ready. You will spend 4 days at your school and 1 day at the SCITT (or University of Leicester) learning the theory that all great teachers need to know.
So we know what you are going through and can offer practical guidance. This means when you are having challenges, we understand and can offer practical advice and strategies. Our partnership of schools offer such great practice that there is a wealth of experience and expertise at your disposal. Everything you need to become a great teacher and really make a difference.
On our course, you will earn QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and you will also gain a PGCE fom the University of Leicester. This comes with up to 90 Masters Level credits, providing the perfect platform to earn your full Masters.
We know how amazing but also challenging this year is. We also know how best to support you. Our SCITT team gets to know each and every trainee, your background, motivations, experiences and how to help you excel at teaching. In Schools you will then have your Subject Mentors and ITT Coordinators. Another layer of support that we are very proud of is our Lead Subject Tutors. These are the best teachers from across our entire network, who will be your expert across the year. They will work with you 11 mornings showing you what it means to be a great practitioner in your chosen subject. Because they teach, they can invite you into their class to show you how to put the theory into practice. Each year our trainees rave about how great these sessions are and how great it is seeing theory demonstrated for them to see.
The SCITT awards it’s own QTS, which means we are free to adapt our programme to meet your needs. We evaluate our sessions to identify any areas that would benefit our cohort and then utilise the best teacher across the city and county to offer you the highest quality training.
You will get an incredibly holistic experience with the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT. You complete 2 extended placements in secondary schools, working with amazing mentors to develop your craft. In addition to these, you complete 3 more placements in primary, sixth form and a special school. This means you complete the course understanding exactly what a teacher does and how to succeed in the classroom. You also understand where the students are coming from and how primary school prepares them. You work with amazing sixth form teachers, showing you how to really stretch and challenge even the brightest of students. You also work with incredible teachers from special needs and behavioural schools to understand how to support students who have the most pronounced needs.

All of this means you start you NQT year as prepared as possible.

Throughout the year we will provide training in how to secure your NQT post. We will teach you how to develop your interview techniques and will provide a range of opportunities to practice these techniques in front of city heads, the people who will be deciding who their school will employ.
We don’t forget you when you graduate. We continue to work with you and your schools for the next few years. We offer further training on our NQT Teaching and Learning course and the OTP (Outstanding Teacher Programme)
Due to the quality of the course we deliver and the ongoing training that we provide, our trainees make rapid progress in their careers. We have numerous graduates who have become head of department in their 2nd and 3rd years. Many of the mentors you work with will be SCITT graduates. In fact, 80% of our trainees work in our partnership, meaning there is an abundance of support to constantly help you develop.
Rushey Mead Academy is constantly looking to lead the way in developing best practice and in helping teachers develop the craft and really impact on the students that we teach. As we are based at Rushey, we have these expertise on our door step. However, Rushey is only 1 school in our amazing partnership. We also work with Babington, Beaumont Leys, Soar Valley, Fullhurst, Manor High, New College, English Martyrs, Bosworth, Crown Hills, Lutterworth High School and a great number of other schools. This means that we have the greatest and most skilled teachers helping to mold you into the teacher that will have the biggest impact.
Our cohorts are made up of both career changers and recent graduates. This means you will be working with other trainees with the greatest knowledge but also real world experiences. We believe this combination offers a real richness to our course and will really enhance the support you receive as you progress through the year.
When you train, you can receive bursaries of up to £28,000. These are tax free and will be paid in 10 installments across the year. That should help cover your living costs and allow you to focus on becoming the best teacher possible.

We really believe that our course offers the best of both worlds – rich and varied school based training with the academic rigour of the PGCE through the University of Leicester. We have the skills and expertise to help you become a great teacher that can change lives.