Why become a Teacher?

The top reasons for choosing a career in teaching

Teachers are in Demand

Latest data shows that 9 out of 10 new teachers who want to teach found teaching jobs in the first 12 months. 95% of primary trained NQTs and 94% of secondary trained respondents were in employment in first 12 months.

Competitive Salary and Generous Pension

Teacher starting salaries compare favourably with average UK Graduate starting salaries. Teachers also benefit from a generous pension scheme and up to 13 weeks holiday entitlement.

Career Progression Prospects

Teachers have strong career progression possibilities with the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and potentially move into leadership roles. Leading Practitioners can earn up to £68,000.

Maths graduate Seamus achieved QTS with PGCE through the SCITT.

Up to £26,000 Tax-Free to Train

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

Teacher Training is better than ever

92% of newly qualified secondary teachers, and 90% of newly qualified primary teachers highly rated the overall quality of their training.

Change a Young Person’s Life

Teachers make students curious, question, and criticise. Teachers make the frightened, confident. The uninterested, ambitious. And the gifted… brilliant

Career for Achievers

Three-quarters of new teachers now have a 1st or 2:1 degree – the highest proportion ever recorded.

Science bursaries helped graduates train to teach in Hampshire with the SCITT.

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Rebecca Sargent teaching Religious Education at Petersfield School
"I have realised even more how great The Solent SCITT training was, as I have needed to draw on it so much." Rebecca Sargent - SCITT Trainee 2017/18 now teaching Religious Education at The Petersfield School

How do I become a Teacher?

To enrol you will need the following:

All applicants must be able to provide original certificates of academic and equivalent qualifications.

Heather Mitchell - Primary Teacher
"The training I received from The Solent Teaching School Alliance was fantastic for setting me up in my career as a teacher. The bespoke training set me aside from other trainees, standing me in a good position when applying for jobs. I would highly recommend this route into teaching as it supports you in the understanding of the profession and motivates you to want to challenge yourself to be the best teacher" Heather Mitchell - Primary Teacher

Communication Skills:

We expect all our applicants to be able to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.

Visa to Study:

If you are from a non-EU country, then you must hold an appropriate visa stating that you are eligible to study in the UK for the duration of the course. Unfortunately, the Solent SCITT is not able to provide sponsorship for a Visa.

Previous experience in a school setting:

You should already have undertaken (or have arrangements in hand to undertake) an appropriate educational experience before applying. Evidence of this practical experience, or similar recent connection, will be discussed at interview.

In addition:

As well as meeting the above criteria, It is important that you can demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as being an effective team member. You will need to be hard-working, committed and resilient, all qualities which will be sought after during the selection process.

Applications should be made through DfE Apply for Teacher Training.

Apply here using the following information:

The Solent SCITT: Provider code S56

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A DT bursary helped graduate Hannah study QTS with PGCE through The Solent SCITT
"SCITT staff were incredibly helpful all the way through the course. With years of teaching experience, they were able to cater for any extra training needs we have as a group. I made the right choice in choosing this pathway into teaching as their support and encouragement helped me to push myself to be the best teacher I could be. I have secured my first teaching job in the local area." Hannah Pidgley - Design & Technology Teacher

What will I be doing on the course?

The Solent SCITT has been developed through years of collaboration with our partnership schools and Portsmouth University to offer a school-based, high-quality, cross-phase and coherent bespoke training programme, which is adapted to your individual needs. We are located in South East Hampshire in The Dickinson Centre, a professional training facility attached to Park Community School in close proximity to other local schools, giving trainees an excellent experience across a variety of partnership providers.

We offer a full time one-year training programme commencing in September. Successful completion of your training with us will result in being awarded QTS, along with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Level 7.

The Solent SCITT works in close partnership with the University of Portsmouth which has a long-established record of excellent initial teach training. This partnership ensures academic rigour which will enable you to establish links between theory and practice and understand how research is key to your professional development throughout your teaching career. The University of Portsmouth, who make the award of the PGCE, are involved in the development and moderation of the PGCE assignments and the Quality Assurance of our programme.

Our programme offers coherent and robust academic practice which supports your classroom teaching. Pedagogy, in turn, provides valuable action research to inform your assignment writing.

You will gain experience and training from schools who work in association with The Solent SCITT, including Primary, Secondary, Post 16 and Special Schools all located in Hampshire. The length, breadth, and content of the training will be flexible, taking account of your individual previous achievements, strengths and areas of development and ongoing interests.

Your school based Mentor will be a class teacher of the school in which you are placed. These high-quality practitioners receive regular and bespoke training and updates from The Solent SCITT and have responsibility for ensuring that you have an appropriate Individual Training Plan and that you have every opportunity to meet the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

For the duration of your training your timetable will build up each term at a rate which is managed and agreed with your school-based Curriculum and Professional Mentors and SCITT Tutor.

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"… Growing collaboration between partnership schools, university and local subject networks help trainees to learn from good practice
… All trainees are successful in gaining teaching posts in local schools" Ofsted

Apply to become a Teacher

The process is simple:

1. Check entry requirements.

2. Log on to UCAS teacher training or the DfE's Apply System: Apply for teacher training

3. Use the DfE search tool to find all our courses.

Secured employment in a Hampshire school

The Solent SCITT and all partnership organisations are committed to safeguarding and promoting good welfare of pupils. We expect all trainees to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks to review suitability of working with pupils.

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