Why choose to train with PLSCITT?

  • we offer a wide range of programmes and subjects, key stages and specialisms
  • we have an extensive number of secondary, primary and special schools who provide our placements and mentors
  • be in the classroom from the beginning – you are applying your knowledge immediately
  • our pastoral support will ensure you are supported every step of the way – everyone in placement schools and our friendly admin staff and school leads want the best for you
  • Gain both QTS and a PGCE(SCITT)
  • our exciting professional programme includes guest speakers who are experts in their field
  • be supported in job applications and interview techniques
  • you are not just a number – you matter to us!

What our trainees say:

My name is Megan Pilling, I graduated from Swansea University in 2017 with a BA degree in ‘French and TEFL’. Throughout the years, a number of teachers have always guided me down the right path and enabled me to achieve and be where I am today. I guess this is what led me to my decision about starting the ELTSA School Direct course with PLSCITT.

SCITT courses offer a more balanced experience of the teaching life; we are introduced to the theoretical aspects but most importantly the practical side too. Learning takes place in the classroom and the SCITT enables you to do exactly that-learn as you go from reflections of your own practice. I firmly believe that being based in a school from the beginning helps us, as trainee teachers, progress significantly. We observe for the first few weeks to gain an insight into teaching and then we start to teach.From just a few lessons that I have taught, I have already learnt so much about myself and the teaching style that suits me. I am looking forward to what the rest of this course has to offer and can’t wait to keep learning and developing as a practitioner.

My name is Scott, I graduated with a BSc in Psychology and transitioned into teacher training from working as a training officer in insurance.

As someone who graduated 8 years ago and spent all my time in the working world ever since, the PLSCITT route with ELIP was the ideal opportunity for me. I wanted to get into teaching whilst not having to necessarily go back to university.

The ability to be involved in, and observe, school life from the very beginning of the course was a real selling point for me. The network of schools connected with ELIP is great and should hopefully prove invaluable once it comes to finding a job after qualifying.

My name is Rachel Hannan. I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2018 with a BA degree in Education and Policy.

I decided to follow a career into education down the pastoral path. During my 12 months in this role, I felt unfulfilled and knew I had more to offer. I started to research primary teaching and found the school direct course. ELIP seemed to be a route that offered the theoretical aspects and teaching and school experience together. Since starting the course I have gained knowledge and understanding of how important the use of observation is within a student teacher role. The tutors have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful, letting us put our ideas into lesson plans and to deliver them to our peers. 

So far, the course has been very insightful and I am looking forward to my next challenge! 

My name is Megan, I graduated from Liverpool Hope University this year with a BA (Hons) degree in Education and Special Educational Needs which was done via an evening course whilst I worked. My placements whilst completing my childcare course at college and my experience in schools after this, is what led me to undertaking this ELIP/SCITT course as my goal since college was to be a teacher.

The course allows students to have a lot of school experience which is what drew me to the course the most. I enjoy spending the time in schools which I believe is extremely beneficial for learning from other teachers and my own experiences. Alongside this, the course provides the knowledge of teaching skills and the theory behind it at Tor View. The course offers lecturers and mentors who are knowledgeable as they have also experienced or are still experiencing being in a school environment. The support that is given through lecturers, University of Cumbria staff, Tor View staff and staff in placements is invaluable. Another positive of the course is the location of the placement and where Tor View Teaching School is based.

I have learnt a lot already and look forward to continuing my teaching journey with Schools Direct and PLSCITT. 

Hannah Cunningham – ELTSA School Direct MFL trainee

Teaching and inspiring young minds has always been a dream of mine, though after completing a languages degree at university I struggled to decide between education and a career in journalism. I became a journalist and had a successful nine years in a job I loved. However, after having children, my priorities changed and my thoughts once again returned to education and my passion for modern foreign languages. After a spell teaching pre-school Spanish I realised that teaching was definitely the right path for me and I decided to find out more.

While working part-time, I volunteered one day a week in the languages department at The Hollins and applied for the ELTSA School Direct Programme. I am now based in a vibrant secondary school teaching pupils from 11 to 16 and learning from dedicated expert teachers on a daily basis. No day is the same and there is an excellent support network of teaching staff always willing to help and encourage.

Within just a few weeks I have engaged with parents at open evening, started planning and teaching full lessons, helped to team teach a Year 11 Spanish group, as we prepare them for their GCSE exams, and taken an active part in departmental meetings and CPD, as well as observing experienced teachers in the classroom.

School-centred teacher training was without a doubt the right route for me and I feel privileged to be in a position to show my own children and the young people I teach that anything is possible. You just need to go for it!

Philip Woof, PLSCITT Secondary Maths Trainee

I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Quantity Surveying  I worked in different roles for a while mainly for the same company and at period of times thought I needed a career to challenge me more.  I began coaching my son’s football team and thoroughly enjoyed doing it and thought a career in some sort of coaching role would suit me.. 

I decided to investigate teaching and had come to the conclusion, maths would be the subject.  I have always enjoyed maths since high school and always worked in roles involving numbers.  I looked into it and thought, I haven’t got the qualifications but then I was directed to SCITT programmes.  I applied for the Pennine Lancashire SCITT as I was told there would be support regarding my qualification via a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.  The course proves there is no barrier in becoming to be a teacher.  This course has really helped me be more confident in the classroom and here I am, in week 8 of the course approaching my first half term break.

The PLSCITT course has been great for me, everyone is very supportive and help drive you to become the best teacher you can be.  There is a wide range of resource and teachers with different styles to learn from.  In some of my lessons that I am teaching, I am seeing the students learn and when they are struggling with a certain aspect, I am seeing it all come together.  It is amazing to see the face of student when they understand and have the confidence in themselves to do this.

Anyone who is thinking of training to become a teacher, even if it is the smallest thought I would recommend to go and do it.