About our Training Programme

This is a one year programme which gives you QTS and includes a  PGCE qualification which has 60 credits at Master’s level.

As a trainee teacher on any of our pathways you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional university PGCE programme.   Our curriculum has been developed and delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership schools. This will give you much stronger links between theory and practice.  In addition we have sessions delivered by external experts who are recognised by the profession as being the leaders in their fields.  All our trainees will have a workshop with Mark Burns (author of “Teaching Backwards”) and with Jason Bangbala (a leading behaviour guru), in fact all our lecturers are experts in their field.  

All of our partner schools are involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees and have a real commitment to their training.

Course Structure

Our SCITT curriculum  involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a professional development day. The Friday sessions will be facilitated by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools and by external experts. In addition, there will be secondary subject pedagogy days during the year where you will focus on teaching your subject specifically. These are delivered by a Lead Subject Mentor, who has been appointed due to their successful track record in subject leadership.  Where possible we deliver our core programme to all our trainees – primarya nd secondary to foster cross-phase working.

Our Schools

All our schools have  a successful track record in training teachers. The Hollins are a Teaching School and as such we provide training and professional development for teachers at every stage of their career, from trainee to school leadership.

Every trainees has school mentors who are outstanding teachers.

Training Facilities and Resources:

Friday sessions mostly take place face to face but we do have a blended approach with some lectures taking place online to allow us access to leading experts across the UK and to give you a break from travelling to look after your wellbeing.

You will be provided with a programme handbook . The university providing the PGCE will provide you with distance access to academic library, including electronic books and journals, a VLE and module handbooks


You will receive training and support from a variety of people on this programme:

  •  The SCITT Executive Leads
  •  A Mentor at your placement schools
  •  A Lead Subject Mentor for secondary
  •  A professional mentor at your placement schools
  • A personal tutor to provide additional support beyond your placement school
  •  A University tutor for the academic modules