Training Programmes

Following the Government announcement on 13th October, our Salaried training programmes are currently under review.  For this reason we have closed to new applications on this route.

We are now exploring an alternative salaried programme and hope to have some further information on this shortly. 

If you would like to speak a member of the team about this, please get in touch.

Mentored Experience
in Schools

Structured individually tailored mentoring is at the heart of the School Direct programme. The mentor has many roles, they will be your coach, role model, critical friend and reflective practitioner. The mentor will support the trainee in meeting the level of practice required for the award of QTS, as defined in the Teacher’ Standards.

Professional Studies

These are delivered on a weekly basis to support the practical learning and include:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentations; group discussions; role plays and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
    blended learning employing electronic resources;
  • observation of teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in a variety of different school settings.

Subject Knowledge
and Pedagogy

We provide subject training in all areas of the Primary National Curriculum across the year to examine syllabus content, curricular structure and approaches to teaching these.

Written Assignments

Trainees will complete 4 written assignments which are marked in-house, or by Kingston University for those on the PGCE programme.

Alternative Educational Settings

In addition to your main primary placement, you will:


  • Have a 4 week second placement in a contrasting school in the opposite Key Stage to your main placement
  • Spend 1 week in an SEN school

What qualification does this course lead to?

You will be recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on successful completion of the course and should you have  opted to complete the PGCE programme (and passed) you will also be awarded the PGCE. 

How much
will it cost?

For trainees on the salaried route there are no tuition fees.

What’s the

Trainees will receive a salary in line with their supporting school’s policy ranging between £13,000 – £18,500.


Will I be employed at the end of the programme?

As part of the School Direct Programme trainees are expected to be employed within the Partnership of Schools at the end of the training year. Whilst there is no guarantee of employment George Abbot SCITT has a 100% employment record.

Entry Criteria, How to Apply and the Selection Process >>>