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Apply for SCITT

Applications the Keele and North Staffordshire SCITT are made via UCAS www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

You can find out more information in our ‘How to Apply’ section of our website, found here.

Child Care

Keele University offers fantastic child care facilities in its newly built nursery. For more details about this wonderful setting please visit their website:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/nursery/

Disability Support

Keele University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support service offer extensive help and support. Information can be found at:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/dds/

Dyslexia Support

Keele University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support service offer extensive help and support. Information can be found at:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/dds/

Full Time

Yes, the course is full time and  runs from September until  the end of June. However, if you have a period of absence you might need to work on into July when the schools close so we ask that Associate Teachers (our name for trainees) take this into consideration when booking summer holidays.

Funding apply for

Visit the finance page of this website for information about funding for ITT. You may have to pay fees, and may be eligible for a maintenance grant towards your living costs and can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) or equivalent national bodies, for a loan for your tuition fees.

GCSE Equivalents

If you do not have one of GCSE English, Mathematics or Science we offer a list of what we do and do not accept as equivalent qualifications: it is found at GCSE-Equivalent-Qualifications-KNSPS. This version dated 19 January 2015.

Keele

Keele (ST5 5BG) is centrally located within the UK with excellent communication links for all types of travel. The University is situated two miles (3.2km) west of Newcastle-under-Lyme on the A525 road to Whitchurch, Nantwich and Crewe. For more information can be found at:

www.keele.ac.uk/aboutus/howtofindus/

KNSPS

Live Away

There are no restrictions about where you live. However, there is an expectation that you would be able to travel easily to and between our partner schools. Our partnership schools are mostly in Stoke and North Staffordshire (please look at our partnership schools section in this website). We expect our Associate Teachers (our name for trainees) to travel up to a maximum of one hour and fifteen minutes (according to AA route finder) to reach a partnership school based on the starting point for the journey at Seabridge Primary School, not where you live. Schools start early in the day and finish late, so you will need to bear this in mind when you are planning to apply to us.

PGCE for teaching

No, you do not need a PGCE. The qualification required to teach in England and Wales is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the Keele and North Staffordshire SCITT course leads to the award of QTS and a PGCE.

Placement Schools

No. The SCITT, School Direct programme selects your schools for you. Your circumstances are taken into account in this process. Current placement schools are shown on our site here.

SCITT v PGCE

SCITT is a type of teacher training course – SCITT programmes are school-based teacher training programmes. A PGCE is an academic qualification – A Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

See also Dispelling myths about school-led teacher training from the DfE.

Click here for more information on training options from the DfE.

School experience

Yes. It is vital to gain some in-school experience prior to interview; education is always changing so your memory of you school days may be very different from school life today. Also the view of school as a pupil can be very different when you are working on the teaching side.  Visit schools to talk to teachers, observe lessons and speak with pupils, this will help you to discover what teaching today is really like. We would advise you to gain as wide a range of educational experiences as possible. Our minimum requirement is for 10 days in-school experience but the more you can get the better.

Seabridge

Seabridge Primary School is found at Roe Lane, Seabridge, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 3PJ. Website at:

www.seabridgeprimary.org.uk/

Secondary

Still undergraduate

Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your degree by the first day of the course.

Typical Working Day

On centre based days (70 days of the 190 days total) the sessions usually run from 9.00 to 5.00pm, sometimes days might be shorter and occasionally longer. You will be given a timetable and plenty of warning if sessions run outside of the usual timing.

 

Whilst on school placement (120 days) most schools will expect you to arrive by about 8.00am so you can prepare for the day ahead. You will be expected to attend meetings after the children have gone home and therefore it is unlikely that your school day will end before 5.00 and sometimes it will be later.