Our Programme

About our training programme

This is a 12 month programme which gives you QTS. The optional PGCE qualification includes 60 credits at Master’s level.

As a trainee teacher on the Ripley TSA SCITT Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional university PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately.

Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by our schools in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning which is relevant to schools today and therefore linked to enhanced employment prospects. We have outstanding outcomes and employment rates for our trainees who gain jobs across and beyond our partner schools.

All of our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They greatly enjoy the exciting and innovative curriculum which we have designed, and make excellent progress in our schools.

Course structure

Our SCITT curriculum begins early in September and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a conference day. The Friday conferences will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools. In addition, there will be secondary subject pedagogy days during the year where you will focus on teaching your subject specifically. These will be delivered by a Lead Subject Mentor, who has been appointed due to their successful track record in subject leadership.

Our schools

As the Lead School in the partnership, Ripley St Thomas has a successful track record in training teachers. We are a Teaching School and as such we provide training and professional development for teachers at every stage of their career, from trainee to school leadership. The schools in our SCITT partnership are also highly experienced and we provide training placements in a range of diverse schools. 

The schools and academies that form the partnership are:

Curriculum conferences will be held across all of these venues according to the best expertise available for each topic. Placements will also be distributed across these schools according to the training needs of successful applicants.

Trainees will have school mentors who are outstanding teachers. Each partner school has a School Lead who oversees the training within their school, and the SCITT Director has several years’ experience of working on SCITT, School Direct and university PGCE programmes alongside national ITT initiatives.

You will complete placements in at least two of our partner schools for secondary and three for primary. The first placement will begin with focused lesson observations across the whole school before beginning to teach and team teach aspects of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons. Placements in different schools which will give you contrasting experiences and broaden your professional development.

Training Facilities and Resources:

The lead school, Ripley St Thomas, is a  National Teaching School with excellent training facilities, including two large training suites, a small and large lecture theatre and a modern library. At Ripley we are unique in having a school farm, where all children learn about agriculture and horticulture as part of their education, and this will feature in our curriculum on learning outside the classroom. There are also opportunities to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme*.

You will be provided with a programme handbook and a laptop for the duration of the programme. The university providing the PGCE will provide you with distance access to academic library, including electronic books and journals, a VLE and module handbooks


You will receive training and support from a variety of people on this programme:

  •  The SCITT Director
  •  A Mentor at your placement schools
  •  A Lead Subject Mentor for secondary
  •  The School Lead at your placement schools
  •  A University tutor for the academic modules
  •  A Link Tutor
“The highly integrated structure and content of the programme produces confident teachers who are very well equipped to contribute immediately to their employing schools.”  OFSTED

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