Initial Teacher Training

Image of a little girl smiling in class with a book in front of her. Symbolises the Services For Education SCITT course

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“SFE leaders and partnership schools share an ambition for excellence and demonstrate high levels of commitment and dedication to ensuring that trainees are thoroughly prepared for their careers in teaching.” Ofsted (2018)

Services For Education is an accredited provider of initial teacher training (ITT) working with a partnership of primary schools across the West Midlands providing high-quality Primary teacher training, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS). We currently offer the School Direct training route through our partner school, Greenholm Primary, based in Kingstanding.

Visit Greenholm’s website to find out more about them.

Fees are set at £6000 for the 12 month training period.

Our programme was judged as ‘Good’ in our 2018 Ofsted inspection, with inspectors commenting: ‘The partnership ensures that trainees are superbly prepared for their careers in teaching’.

Find out more here.

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“Partnership schools provide good-quality learning experiences and high-quality mentoring for trainees to develop their professional abilities. A good range of schools, serving different neighbourhoods, make up the partnership.” Ofsted 2018

Our centralised training takes place at locations across the city and focuses upon developing your subject knowledge and growing your pedagogical skills, so you are able to shine as a skilled and confident teacher. This is the core training programme upon which the trainees’ school will build and personalise. The rest of your time will be spent in placement schools.

All trainees will be based in two of our schools during the year, and will be allocated a programme tutor and a school based mentor who will lead your development programme and support.

Our partnership schools, who are all based in and around Birmingham, and reflect the diversity of our city:

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“SFE leaders and partnership schools share an ambition for excellence and demonstrate high levels of commitment and dedication to ensuring that trainees are thoroughly prepared for their careers in teaching.” Ofsted 2018

 For the 2019/2020 academic year, Services For Education will be offering our SCITT through the fee-paying School Direct mechanism, in partnership with our lead school, Greenholm Primary.

We are looking to provide up to 20 full-time primary places, with the course running from September 2020 to July 2021.

Successful trainees will be awarded QTS in August 2021.

For the fee-paying School Direct mechanism, the fees for 2020/21 have been set at £6,000. Find out about course fee funding through student loans here.

As a charitable business, Services For Education does not receive public funding, and as such, our trainees can apply for a maximum student loan of £6,000. This means we can only charge a maximum course fee of £6,000.

Successful trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status which is required in England and Wales to work as a teacher of children in state schools under local authority control, and in special education schools.

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Our fee-paying SCITT course price is capped at £6,000 which is £3,250 less than most other providers.

  • An Experienced Team. We are home to the team that delivered training on behalf of the Birmingham Local Authority for ten years and are now accredited to award QTS as a separate entity.
  • Great Quality Teaching. Ofsted rated our provision as ‘Good’ in 2019.
  • Personal Support. Our skilled tutors and mentoring staff will always be on hand to offer support and ensure trainees’ wellbeing.

There are only 20 spaces available so apply soon to secure your place.

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Ofsted Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report

Stage 1: 15th May 2018
Stage 2: 25th November 2018

The partnership ensures that trainees are superbly prepared for their careers in teaching.

Leaders have a strong focus on sustaining and improving the quality of training across the partnership. They are hard-working, dedicated and committed to the continual pursuit of high-quality outcomes for trainees.

Trainees have very positive views about their training, the programme and the guidance provided by tutors and mentors.

Partnership schools provide good-quality learning experiences and high-quality mentoring for trainees to develop their professional abilities. A good range of schools, serving different neighbourhoods, make up the partnership.

SFE leaders and partnership schools share an ambition for excellence and demonstrate high levels of commitment and dedication to ensuring that trainees are thoroughly prepared for their careers in teaching. Leaders have a clear vision for the future and are relentless in their pursuit of the highest quality of training.

You can read the full report here.

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For more information about our SCITT Programmes, visit the GOV.UK website here.

You can apply via UCAS here

All shortlisted applicants will take part in a two stage selection process comprising centre based panel interviews and presentations, and a classroom observation in one of the partnership schools.

This is a post-graduate course so all applicants must have a UK degree at level 2.2 or above or equivalent (see UK Naric for comparison of non-UK degrees).

If you’d like some tips on how to write a great application, check out our blog post: 8 Teacher Training Application Tips

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“Trainees have excellent professional relationships with their mentors”
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The SCITT Podcast

Listen to our series of podcasts to get ideas, top tips and advice if you are thinking about training to teach, working on your application or want to know what your training year will be like.

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Would you like more information on the course?

If you would like to discuss our Initial Teacher Training Courses with us, then please email us at hello@servicesforeducation.co.uk or call us on 0121 366 9950.

You can also get support and advice from the Department for Education on getting into teaching at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

Or you can find out how to write a brilliant application in our recent blog post: 8 Teacher Training Application Tips

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If you’d like to have a chat about our SCITT course or get a little bit of advice on how best to apply, you can request a call-back with our SCITT Programme Leader, Tricia.

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Or feel free to email us instead at hello@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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