What does SCITT stand for?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

What does this mean? 

A SCITT means that the trainee teacher spends the vast majority of their time within a school setting to be immersed in the environment as they train and learn the profession.

Why train in one?

Allows flexible and bespoke training to be formed with you, our trainee, at the centre of everything we do. All training delivered by experienced and practising teachers.

Why should I choose the London Partnership SCITT?

PLS is committed to ‘Training high quality practitioners to inspire today’s learners to be tomorrow’s leaders. For more information on PLS please look at ‘About Us’ page.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

A recognised awarded honours degree (or equivalent) of at least 2:2 classification with at least 50% of the degree content being in the subject to be taught although consideration will be given outside this criteria on a case-to-case basis.

Secondary: GCSE (or equivalent) to at least Grade C or Grade 4 in English and Mathematics.

Primary: GCSE (or equivalent) to at least Grade C or Grade 4 in English, Mathematics and Science.

For further information please look at our ‘Entry Requirements’ page for further information.

I have no school experience; can I still apply?

Yes, however school experience is valuable and we actively encourage prospective PLS teachers to gain school experience by visiting the Get Into Teaching website regarding the School Experience Programme: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience

On the other hand, if you are unable to find school experience, please do contact PLS and subject to a DBS check, we will be able to organise school experience in one of our partnership schools.

Does PLS offer primary and secondary routes into teaching?

Yes, PLS offer both primary and secondary routes into teaching. 

Does PLS accept non-UK qualifications?

Yes, however a prospective PLS teacher will need to provide a NARIC Statement of Comparability for GCSE/A Level examinations and degrees which will measure the candidate’s understanding of the required subject to the appropriate level.  This will ensure that all the criteria of eligibility are met.

What will happen once I submit my application?

Once your application has been received by PLS, it will be reviewed by the PLS Team.  Should your application meet the criteria, you will be contacted on the email address provided in your application so please check your junk mail regularly in case it does not go directly to your inbox.

When does the course programme start?

The programme begins in July with an induction curriculum week, which provides PLS teachers with an induction to the PLS curriculum ready for a September start in their school placement.

What will my training programme be like?

The PLS teacher will be immersed into the day to day life of a school and classroom in one of our partnership schools.  On one day of the week PLS will deliver teacher training on pedagogy, educational theory and its practical application, supporting the PLS teacher’s progress in school. 

How much will it cost to train?

This is dependent on the teacher training route chosen, please look at our ‘Routes at a Glance’ page for further information. 

Are there bursaries available?

Yes, however bursaries are limited to the following secondary subjects: chemistry, computing, maths, physics, languages and biology.

What qualifications will I get?

This is dependent on the teacher training route chosen, please look at our ‘Routes at a Glance’ page for further information. However, QTS stands for Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE is Postgraduate Certificate in Education.