Become a Teacher – SCITT Programme

Are you contemplating a career in teaching? Explore the possibilities with our joint initiative alongside Teach First and our academy trust, BPET. Unlock your potential to become a teacher through the School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme (SCITT). Teach First is a national charity who have been training teachers for 20 years, and are the largest initial teacher training provider in the UK.

Teach First are committed to helping all teachers to reach their potential and improve lives of the children in their communities; they have shared expertise from their Ofsted-rated Outstanding training programme to offer our high-quality teacher training.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

The SCITT programme is one-year long and involves a powerful mix of live training in class, self-directed study and one-to-one support. Our approach is to train teachers as individuals, just like we teach our pupils: individualised learning is at the heart of what we do.

The training will enable you to develop your skills in the classroom and it is ideal for people who are eager to learn on the job and make a difference in their community from day one. As a trainee, you will be interacting every day with pupils and working as a member of teaching staff in a school local to you. You’ll receive plenty of practical experience as well as subject-specific training and a deep understanding of effective teaching methods.

The BPET academy trust has also teamed up with the Campfire Education Trust, which enables you have the opportunity to train in either one of the BPET schools across London and Berkshire, or in one of the six Campfire Education Trust schools across West Northants, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire.

SCITT Course Benefits

  • a structured one-year programme of training and support
  • online and face-to-face training modules
  • access to expert training materials
  • the support of an experienced mentor throughout your training
  • the opportunity to train in one of the eleven BPET schools or in one of the six Campfire Education Trust schools
  • at the end of the programme, you will gain qualified teacher status (QTS) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • after your 12 months of training, you’ll start on a qualified teacher’s starting salary of at least £30,000


  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • To demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subject you are applying to teach, either through your degree qualification, your A Levels or relevant experience.
  • Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent qualification, and Grade 4 (C) or above in Science GCSE in order to teach primary.

Funding & Financial Support

You will be registered as a full-time student throughout the programme so will have access to student benefits and discounts, as well as a student loan to cover your fees. Depending on your subject and qualifications, you may also be eligible for a bursary or grant to support you throughout your training. Find out more on this website regarding scholarships and bursaries: Get Into Teaching.

We encourage applicants to check on the Department for Education’s website to find out more about funding options.

How to apply

  1. Read the Teach First SCITT brochure
  2. Check where the BPET schools or the Campfire Education Trust schools are located
  3. Visit the Teach First website for more details
  4. Apply on the Department for Education’s website (you’ll need to create a login); search for Bellevue Place SCITT.