Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the Salaried Route?

The simple answer is yes, if you are able to find an employing school willing to employ you as a non-qualified teacher on the understanding that 2 placements will not be at their school. This Salaried School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful applicants to this course will specialise in teaching FS & KS1 (3-7 yr) pupils or KS1 & KS2 (5-11yr) pupils.

Unfortunately for 2021 the Government has withdrawn funding, so on all salaried School Direct courses applicants must be employed by a school on the unqualified teacher payscale for the full training year; this is a considerable cost for a primary school. The fee for the course will still also need to be paid. As such only a few schools are willing to consider this route and normally only do so when they are already employing an exceptional support assistant whom they wish to support in becoming a qualified teacher. The SCITT will therefore only interview applicants for this salaried route who approach us together with a school willing to employ them and pay their salary as an unqualified teacher.

As an employee of a school, trainees spend most of the year in this employing school, often in one class, with a second placement of 5-6 weeks in a second school and alternative key stage. Up to 20 days central training is offered with other Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT trainees, as agreed with the employing school and trainee. All quality assurance procedures and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards are managed through Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT, one of the top 5 primary ITT providers nationally Good Teacher Training Guide.

This course requires close collaboration between the employing school and the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT in providing a course that is carefully tailored to meet the individual training needs of each applicant. As such the SCITT will visit employing schools and discuss the support offered by the school and SCITT as part of the interview process.

Whom do we ask for references?
Current or previous employer
Tutor from University
A professional person who can guarantee your suitability
NOT a friend or family member

Placements & days in Schools
School placements are central to success in ITT and trainees will spend at least 120 days working in placement schools with at least 60 days of central training.  The SCITT is proud that ALL of the top four of Leicestershire’s primary schools [The Real Schools Guide, 2019] are our partners, offering placements and employing many SCITT trained teachers in each term of your training.   All early primary (3-7yrs) trainees will undertake teaching placements in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and all primary (5-11yrs) trainees will experience teaching across the age range within Key Stages One and Two.

Support for jobs
At the end of the course, we do not just wave goodbye to you, we give you help and support in securing a permanent position within a school.  Any job vacancies sent to the SCITT are passed on to our trainees.

Equivalency qualifications
All entrants must have received a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics and Science.  Applicants, who have not successfully achieved a GCSE grade 4, may be given an opportunity to take an equivalency test with an approved supplier.