Our Programme

About our training programmes

Our programme gives you QTS and the optional PGCE qualification includes 60 credits at Master’s level.

As a trainee teacher on the Ripley ITT 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 between 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, on our secondary programme 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. For primary we also offer a part time primary course, enabling you to earn while you train.

Part time routes will follow this pattern:

Year 1: 2 days a week on school placement in one school, one day of face to face training per week

Year 2: 2 days a week on school placement in a second school, online PGCE studies (optional) and a full time final placement in a third school


Training Facilities and Resources:

The lead school, Ripley St Thomas, has 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 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


“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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