Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

FAQs

What is SCITT? 

SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training.  It is a school-based route so you train to teach within our partner schools. SCITTs can award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Who do we train? 

We are looking for outstanding teachers from a wide range of backgrounds. We are looking both for new graduates and those wanting a career change so we actively encourage anyone to apply.

 Is the course full time?

Yes, trainees will spend four days a week in schools and one day a week in central training with the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance and the University of Lincoln.

 What subjects are available?

We have places available across the following programmes:

  • Primary (3-11 years)
  • Secondary (11-19 years)

For details of the secondary subjects we train in, please click here.

At which school might I train? 

LTSA SCITT works with a large partnership of schools across Lincolnshire including lead schools and teaching schools. These schools reflect the diversity of types of establishments in our county. 

Please click here to visit our SCITT partners. 

 Where is the course based?

Trainees will spend the majority of their time in their main teaching school, but will have the experience of teaching in a second, contrasting school. Time spent in the classroom will be supported by a weekly training element delivered to all trainees at either schools across the county, the University of Lincoln or a central training location in Lincoln.

 How much will the course cost?

£9000 is the current cost of the course.

 Can I receive funding for the course?

Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance. Bursaries and scholarships may also be available for priority subject areas. Please click here for bursaries and funding information.

 How do I apply for the course?

Please click here for details of How to Apply to our programmes

Applications for the course are made through the teacher training page on UCAS. You are also able to search for our programmes through the DFE search tool. Please click here for UCAS Teacher Training.

What are the entry requirements?

At a minimum:

  • A UK Honours degree (or equivalent) – we ask for a minimum of 2:2 grade
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE English – Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Science (for primary) – Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy

Please click here for further details.

My degree isn't in the subject I want to teach, can I still apply?

Yes, at secondary providing that you have an A-Level in the subject you want to teach and may be willing to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.  More SKE information can be found on the Department for Education’s Get into Teaching page, simply click here for more information.  

 Do I need experience?

Yes, it is important that you know that teaching is right for you.  We are looking for applicants who have spent some time or are planning to spend time within a secondary school so you really understand what to expect.  The LTSA also supports the School Experience Programme and may be able to help you find work experience within one of our alliance schools. More information on the School Experience Programme can be found here.

What are the Professional Skills Tests?

All candidates must pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing the course, these are taken at various test centres across the UK. 

There are many practice tests online and the tests are free; you are allowed a maximum of three attempts, any resits incurring a charge.  Please see: http://sta.education.gov.uk/

What qualification will I receive?

Upon successful meeting of the Teachers’ Standards and thereby completing the course, trainees will attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Alongside this with the University of Lincoln, trainees will access a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits. 

Will I be employed after the course?

Although we cannot guarantee employment, after successful completion of the course many trainees are employed within one of our partner schools.

What are the benefits of training with the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance SCITT?

LTSA SCITT offers access to a diverse range of schools within Lincolnshire, to give an example these range from primary to secondary schools, mixed schools to single sex schools and comprehensive to grammar.  The Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance provides life-long professional development to trainees within Lincolnshire, including supporting and providing opportunities as a NQT, RQT, leadership roles and beyond. Please click here for our Train to Teach prospectus to find out more!

I have more questions, where can I find out more?

We host information events across the county where you can find out more about teaching training and our programme, please check the SCITT events page for regular updates. 

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by clicking here.