We are recruiting for:


11-16 subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Music
  • Geography
  • English (full time)
  • English (part time)

14-19 subjects:

  • Business Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Science

Subject Knowledge Enhancement may be available to applicants in the following secondary subjects once they have secured an offer of a place but this year funding is subject to confirmation by the Department for Education:

  • Maths
  • Science  Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • English
  • Geography

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, there will be secondary subject pedagogy days during the year where you will focus on teaching your subjects specifically. These will be delivered by a lead Subject Mentor, who has been appointed due to their successful track record in subject leadership.

For English we also offer a part time course, enabling you to learn while you train.

Part time routes will follow in 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 for those who want to go on to full time teaching posts.

Our schools:

As the lead School in the partnership, Ripley St Thomas has a successful track record in training teachers. As a Teaching School we have provided training and professional development for teachers at every stage of their career, from trainee to school leadership. The school 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:

  • Ripley St Thomas CE Academy (Lead School)
  • Ashton Community Science College
  • St Aidan's CE High School
  • Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
  • Lancaster Royal Grammar School
  • Carr Hill High School
  • Carnforth High School
  • Central Lancaster High School
  • Morecambe Bay Academy
  • Baines School
  • Our Lady's Catholic College Lancaster

Curriculum conferences will be held across several 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.

You will complete placements in two of our partner schools. 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 will give you contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.


  • You will receive training and support from a variety of people on this programme:
  • The SCITT Director
  • Your Subject Mentor at your placement schools
  • The Professional Mentor at your placement schools
  • A Lead Subject Mentor for your subject
  • A University tutor for the academic modules
  • A Link Tutor