The Programme

The Teach@Weydon SCITT is a school-based programme providing practical training underpinned by theoretical Professional Studies sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Masters level PGCE through the University of Sussex. Some trainees may choose to follow a QTS only route and this is available.

The programme is full time between September and the end of June (term time only). Induction  takes place in June/ July prior to commencing the programme and is spread over two days and one evening. You will engage with selected reading and tasks over the summer period so that you 'hit the gorund running' in September. It is also likely that your placement school will offer induction to new staff and you will be expected to attend this.   

The programme consists of four inter-related elements which are designed to intellectually challenge and engage trainees in pedagogic theory and practice and develop creative, innovative and reflective teachers and classroom leaders.

1. Mentored Experience in Schools

The programme focuses on practical classroom leadership/ teaching and trainees will have a phased introduction to small group teaching, part-lesson teaching and then full lesson teaching.

You will be mentored by a subject specialist in your school who is responsible for supporting your development across all eight Teacher Standards (Part One) and the professional standards of Part Two.

Structured mentoring is at the heart of school centred initial teacher training. The role of subject mentor is multi-faceted: coach, role model, trainer, critical friend, reflective practitioner, counsellor, assessor, target setter, encourager and supporter. 


2. Professional Studies

Professional Studies take place once a week and are designed to support practical learning, underpinned by scholarship. The link to scholarship is key for both those following  the PGCE and QTS routes. Training builds as the programme progresses and is linked to the stage of trainee experience. For example, early sessions include the key lesson planning skills of setting clear objectives and creating routines to improve behaviour management.

These sessions provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole-school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher. The majority of Professional Studies will take place at Weydon School but trainees will also visit the university campus and a variety of different educational contexts as part of the programme.  Various sessions are facilitated by experts from across the partnership to ensure trainees have input from a wide experience base. Training is delivered through a blended learning approach, with gap tasks, reading and discussions facilitated via the online learning platform and Google Classroom.

3. Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This is co-ordinated by a subject tutor. Sessions are led by expert teachers and may include workshops, seminars and practical work in order to develop the knowledge, concepts and skills of the subject. Trainees complete a full subject knowledge audit at the start of the programme and are supported in how they build this. Many trainees will have completed subject knowledge enhancement programmes prior to commencing the programme.

4. Written Assignments

The majority of our trainees follow the QTS and PGCE route. We have chosen to partner the University of Sussex due to the clear link between scholarly research and practical pedagogy. The PGCE is fully supported by the university with induction at the Brighton campus, but the vast majority of supported sessions  facilitated at Weydon. Trainees also have access to a university tutor, the university library and to the university online platform.

Full details of the PGCE (Pedagogy and Practice) can be found here.

Contrasting Educational Settings

In addition to the four elements above all trainees are also given the opportunity to experience contrasting educational settings, for example:

  • A 6 week second placement in a contrasting setting so you experience teaching students with differing needs and backgrounds
  • Experience in a special school with the option of an extended placement focusing on pupils with Special Education Needs
  • A Key Stage 2 primary experience
  • A Sixth Form experience

What qualification does this programme lead to? 

You will be awarded QTS (11-16) and PGCE on successful completion of the programme. Some trainees may choose to follow the QTS only route.  

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees are £9,000 for PGCE and QTS (TBC). The cost of QTS only is lower if this option is chosen at the start of the programme.

Is there any financial support available? 

To see what funding you might be entitled to, please visit the fees and financial support pages of this site.   

Pastoral Support     

You will be fully supported by your mentor throughout the programme, but we are particularly proud of the additional pastoral support we offer. Throughout the programme, you will have access to our pastoral suport team who will be there to help you manage the challenges you will undoubtedly face. We think this is a particular strength of the programme and receives excellent feedback.

Will I be employed at the end of the programme?

There is no guarantee of employment at the end of the training year, however we have an excellent employment history within the partnership and we fully hope our trainees join the team.

School Experience

We think that the best way to find out whether teaching is for you, is to join us for some school experience. To find out more about our school experience programme, visit our information page or email Tammy Cresswell

Please note that the leadership structure has changed since the video at the top of this page was made, but the programme remains the same.