Teacher Training

With the Deepings SCITT

What is the Deepings SCITT?

Based at The Deepings School and in our 5th year of collaboration with CfBT (an educational charity, training provider and our Academy Trust) The Deepings School-Centred Initial Teacher Training institution offers teacher training across 10+ secondary schools and 20+ primaries. Our primary provider is Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.

One day a week, you will have your core training (Mondays at the Deepings for secondary and Fridays at a variety of local venues for Primary) and then you will train on-the-job in your host school for the remaining four days.

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Why Choose The Deepings SCITT?

  • We have the power to award Qualified Teacher Status but a full PGCE qualification is also available as well as your QTS,) with credits towards a Masters qualification... without going away to university

  • Unlike university routes, upon successful completion of your training year, should a job be available in your subject, we guarantee you an interview

  • We are now entering our 5th year of Teacher Training with CfBT; The Deepings has a 100% employment record and our current 2016 cohort have evaluated their training sessions as ‘outstanding’ so far 

  • You will be guaranteed a high level of support – all of our mentors are fully trained specifically for this course

  • You will have a detailed individual week-by-week training plan set out for you from day 1, so you will always know what’s coming and how it fits into the bigger picture

At The Deepings SCITT, we ‘Dare to Excel’

This is true of everything we undertake and certainly true of our teacher training programme of which we are very proud. We have a number of induction days in July / August and your course ‘proper’ begins in your host school from the September training day 2017. We then see you at core training one day a week, with your other four days a week on the job developing your practice in your host school, playing a full part in the life of the school and attending training from school-based staff. We have host schools right across the south of the county; as well as the Deepings, we have host schools right across the south of the county, from Grantham to the east coast, including the Deepings, Bourne, Spalding, and Boston amongst others. You will also have some second school experience during the course of the year.

For 2017, we are offering primary training and secondary training places in:

Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Biology, Spanish, French, Computer Science, History, Geography, Art, English, PE, RE, Business Studies, Drama, Music, Design & Technology and Social Sciences.

What are the criteria for application?

We are seeking high quality applicants, ideally with a 2-1 honours degree or higher although we would consider other degree classes for the right candidate. Of course you must fulfil the national ITT criteria[1] and also have a GCSE C+ in English and Maths, and a science for primary.

You need to have passed your skills tests in literacy and numeracy and have spent a minimum of 10 days getting some work experience in a secondary school too. We will consider applications if these are booked. More detail on the qualifications needed can be found on the website:

You also need to choose your route:

 “The School Direct Training Programme (fee-paying), is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a government bursary (dependent on degree class /subject.)  If you are coming straight from university, this is an alternative to a university PGCE and comes with the expectation that you would be guaranteed an interview for available jobs.

We also have provider-led SCITT training places (fee-paying) which feel just the same as School Direct places, although they come without any expectation of employment; schools are offering training places because they have strong departments and experienced staff ready to support you, rather than because they expect to have jobs available.

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried), is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. You would be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school as the government provides funding through a training grant, which the school can use to subsidise your salary and training.  For the salaried route, all candidates are paid by their host school on a minimum of UQ scale point 1 for the duration of their training year. Evidently this is a very competitive arena with fewer training places available.

So train with us at the Deepings!

In a recent survey the DfE reported that the largest proportion of senior leaders in both primary and secondary schools agreed that school-based teacher training routes were the most effective. At secondary level, 48% of school leaders would prefer to appoint a school-based trainee, compared with just 7% who believe the one-year university PGCE to be the best training.

So if you haven’t already done so, please consider working with The Deepings SCITT to make you part of our next generation of outstanding teachers.  Our association of schools has jobs waiting for you and the UCAS Teacher Training application window is now open.

Any questions?

Come in for a chat or attend one of our Deepings Train to Teach events.

Check out further information, including forthcoming events on our website :

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[1] A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.