Hillingdon SCITT's Training Courses

Hillingdon SCITT provides Initial Teacher Training in both Primary and Secondary phases. 

During the initial teacher training year Hillingdon SCITT trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about subject and phase specific pedagogy. Hillingdon SCITT trainees will be trained to teach 2 consecutive Key Stages (for Primary this will be either EYFS and KS1 or KS1 and KS2 and for Secondary this will be KS3 and KS4 or KS4 and KS5 in some subjects). Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. If you are training in the Secondary phase, trainees will also have the opportunity to teach a 2nd subject of their choice.

All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise of teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, observing and learning from experienced colleagues as well as professional development. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, trainees will undertake an Enquiry Based Research Project of their choice.

Trainees will experience placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools and Pupil Referral Unit as well as pre and post phase teaching. Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that fee funded (unsalaried) trainees will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to teach trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.  Trainees who are applying for a salaried course should expect to teach up to 3 days of a teachers timetable from the beginning of the training year.  The exact amount of teaching will be determined by the employing school.

Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase and Subject Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. In order to achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against Hillingdon SCITT's Professional Learning Curriculum. Trainees will collect a portfolio of evidence to show that they are meeting the Teachers' Standards, which will be uploaded electronically onto a password protected portal.

Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCert for Brunel University will have the opportunity to take this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be 3 assignments for the PGCert during the training year. 

Our training courses for 2022-23 can be seen below.  


Hillingdon SCITT's Teacher Training Courses 2022-23 are now closed




How will trainees be assessed?

  • - Assessment will take place throughout the year. It will be in the form of progress against the ITT Providers' curriculum, subject knowledge development, classroom observations, engagement with wider reading modules and a portfolio of evidence.
  • - A PGCert is an option which can be completed alongside gaining QTS. The PGCert comes with 60 Master Level credits (which can be converted into a full Masters – 180 credits, in later years).

Academic Award

Successful completion of the course and exceeding the minimum level of practice expected of teachers as defined in the Teachers' Standards by the end of the training year will lead to QTS.


Scholarship and Bursary Information for 2022-23

 This information will be updated once it is available from the Department Of Education