Secondary Programme

Trainees are trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning in schools. Trainees are timetabled to teach over four days, with one day a week set aside for training activities. Training is delivered by experienced practitioners from within the GLF Schools' Teacher Training SCITT partnership and includes:

  • a comprehensive Professional Studies Programme, covering all eight Teachers’ Standards, delivered through seminars,  lectures and workshops
  • subject and curriculum knowledge development training
  • half a day a week of independent studies
  • weekly progress review with school-based mentor
  • opportunities to observe other teachers
  • visits to a range of educational settings including primary schools and special schools

Teaching load is dependent on previous experience.  On average, a trainee teacher with no teaching experience can expect to teach 5 to 8 hours per week at the start of the academic year, increasing progressively throughout the year.  We ensure that classes taught by trainees span a range of year groups and abilities and are not unreasonably challenging.

Trainees also take part in a number of directed time activities, as instructed by their Headteacher. These might include: after-school meetings, parents’ evenings and extra-curricular clubs.

Induction in June takes place to ensure that trainees are fully prepared for the course.

Routes into Teaching

SCITT Core (fee-funded)

This is a one year programme for high quality graduates (ideally 2:2 or above) who want to be part of a school team from day one. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There is also an option to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and 60 Masters credits with Roehampton University. The course is funded through tuition fees (£7,000 for QTS or £9,000 for QTS and PGCE). Trainees may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 (see Fees and Funding).

Salaried School Direct

This is an employment-based course for career changers with at least two years work experience and a good Degree (ideally 2:2 or above). Trainees are employed as unqualified teachers and earn a salary while they train. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and akin to the SCITT Core programme, can also undertake the PGCE qualification.

Please note that only QTS is required in order to apply for a teaching post in any maintained school in England. PGCE is an additional postgraduate qualification which a number of trainees might choose to study for, but which is not a requirement to find employment.

Whilst there is no guarantee of employment at the end of the training year, it is expected that successful trainees will go on to work within their host school or the group of schools within the Glyn Surrey SCITT partnership.

Courses on Offer for 2017/18 Applications

  • Mathematics 
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and/or Spanish)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • Music

Eligibility Requirements

  • GCSEs grade C or above in English and Mathematics
  • Degree classification of 2:2 or above, which should be at least a 50% match to the subject in which a trainee wants to train. We will consider applicants with a lower Degree if a trainee can demonstrate considerable experience in other areas relevant to their application. Candidates whose Degree does not directly relate to the subject they want to teach, but who hold a good relevant A Level or equivalent and who can demonstrate considerable experience within and an aptitude for their subject area (for example through their previous or existing career) may also be considered
  • For the salaried route, applicants for a salaried place are required to have at least two years full-time work experience. Glyn Surrey SCITT may apply discretion with regards to the two year period for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Computing for candidates who can demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching
  • We recommend at least five days of school experience prior to applying to the course. Please see Routes into Teaching for further information

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, strong subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment.  We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, high standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection, time and management skills.

In addition, Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy must be successfully completed within prior to starting the course.   For those who need support in the completion of these, Glyn Surrey SCITT offers revision courses.  For more information, please contact:

All offers are subject to DBS and health clearances.