Learning from real teachers in real classrooms

At The Solent SCITT, we believe every single pupil deserves to be taught by an excellent specialist teacher who will ignite their love of learning and inspire them to continue this learning beyond the school gates.

The Solent SCITT full programme is an innovative school-led Initial Teacher Training model. Over the course of one intensive year we will give you the skills and experience required to become a highly effective, fully qualified teacher, able to take up a teaching post anywhere in the UK or, with an optional PGCE qualification, anywhere in the world.



“All trainees are successful in gaining teaching posts in local schools” Ofsted (2015)

Trainee Science teachers starting their QTS with PGCE year.

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What we offer:

  • Comprehensive induction programme so that you feel ready to teach
  • Immersion in whole school life from the outset
  • Access to strategic partners in the local area
  • Support from SCITT tutors, school mentors and subject specialists
  • Two main school experiences alongside professional studies including visits to KS2 and KS5
  • Enrichment and challenge experiences
  • Coaching and well-being sessions
  • Small cohorts so that we get to know you
  • A programme tailored to your needs
  • QTS and PGCE (option for Master’s credits)
  • Tax-free bursaries and scholarships
The Solent SCITT “provides a close-knit, caring, training environment supported by personalised well-being and coaching sessions”
“Trainees prefer to join a ‘small’ SCITT and point to this as being a key element in their success at completion of their training” MK Duncan, External Examiner Report June 2018

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Secondary Associate Schools



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What your training year looks like:

End of August

  • Join your primary colleagues for essential interactive induction covering the essentials of child protection and safeguarding, the Teachers' Standards and all that you will need to prepare you for your first day in school.

September to December

  • Start your main placement in one of our partner schools. Joining at the start of term means that you really are part of the team.
  • Take opportunities to observe teaching and training so that you start to understand how teachers set the right tone and atmosphere for learning in their classroom.
  • Work alongside the teacher in the classroom learning the skills and putting them into practice, when you feel ready, with support from your professional mentor.
  • Meet with your SCITT professional tutor.
  • Receive regular offsite training, often with your secondary colleagues, exploring pedagogy and planning lessons, positive behaviour for learning, being a professional and essential subject knowledge.
  • Enjoy some early years immersion so that you understand the context of your choice of Key Stage.
  • Use the professional support to help you find employment including creating a personal statement and developing your interview techniques.
  • Take part in the opportunities for coaching, well-being and individual support.

January to February

  • Experience a different Key Stage in your school 2.
  • Work alongside a teacher with support from your professional mentor.

March to June

  • Return to school 1 for your final placement.
  • Work alongside the teacher in the classroom to hone your skills and teach your class under the guidance of your professional mentor.
  • Meet with your SCITT professional tutor.
  • Receive further offsite training including your wider professional roles.

Last week of June

  • Take part in offsite challenge days working alongside your primary colleagues.
  • Develop an understanding of the skills you will need to become an outstanding teacher.
  • Prepare for your NQT transition.
  • Graduate as a qualified teacher ready to take employment.

Apply to become a Teacher

The process is simple:

1. Check entry requirements.

2. Log on to UCAS Teacher Training.

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


Professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy need to be completed before starting training.

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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