Frequently Asked Questions
What is SCITT?
School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) enables graduates to enter the teaching profession through a school-based route that offers both the conventional PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – validated by University of Bedfordshire) and GTP (Graduate Training Programme – leading to QTS) through extensive classroom experience, all in the one year. Please note GTP will not run from 2013/14, but we will be running the new School Direct route - see latest news section for further information
Who do you train?
We are a small-scale course and pride ourselves on the way trainees know and support each other. Typically, in any year, we have a good gender and ethnic mix with trainees, aged from their early twenties to their late forties.
Trainees currently undertake a PGCE in one of these subject areas:- Art & Design, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Subjects studied through the GTP programme vary from year to year. The current cohort (2012/13) includes the following subjects :- Design (including Food, Textiles and DT), Drama and Music, with GTP school funded places in Psychology and RS and Business Studies. We have also offered Media, Dance and Modern Foreign Languages in the past.
However, GTP will not run in 2013/14! The subjects for the new School direct route will vary from year to year depending on the subjects that the local schools request places in. The subjects for School direct 2013/14 have been published on the latest news section of our website.
Please note that we do not offer PE.
Bedfordshire Schools' Training Partnership is made up of nine Upper schools and over fourteen Middle schools across both Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough.
What is the Course Programme?
Our trainees spend their days in school and two evenings a week (4-6pm) studying either their subject (usually Tuesday) or more general Professional Studies (usually Thursday) issues.
Am I eligible?
You need to have, or to be obtaining, a Degree or approved equivalent in one of the subjects or relevant to them. You also need basic (GCSE A-C) qualifications in English and Mathematics. If you do not have your English or Maths, we recommend you contact www.equivalencytesting.com
What about money?
The Government presently offers several financial incentives to encourage graduates to enter the teaching profession. Please check the relevant Teaching Agency website as it changes from year to year
What is my entitlement?
You are entitled to full support from the schools. This includes one hour of formal mentoring per week, access to ICT facilities and to a Higher Education library on The University Of Bedfordshire‘s site, and teaching experience in at least two of the schools in the Partnership.