Key Features


38 Week Full Time ITT Programme

The initial teacher training programme is one academic year; that is 38 weeks from the beginning of September through to the beginning of July.

The school led programme is broken down as follows:

190 Day Programme of Initial Teacher Training

(SCITT and School Direct)


Number of Days

Core Learning Days (Fridays – usually at Rushey Mead School)  


1st Phase Block School Placement


2nd Phase Block School Placement


Special School Placement


Primary School Placement


Sixth Form College Placement


Total Days



Both SCITT and School Direct trainees will follow exactly the same programme.

Trainees will not be required to attend during the school holiday periods as per the dates specified by Leicester City Local Authority Education and Children’s Services.

We intend to guarantee trainees the opportunity to experience a varied, high quality provision which distinguishes us from other providers. Placements will only be made in departments rated as ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ by an external body such as Ofsted, Challenge Partners or Local Authority reviews.  ITT Coordinators and Subject Mentors in the partnership have many years of experience in Initial Teacher Training which will ensure trainees receive high quality support throughout their placements.


The partnership is able to offer a wide variety of placement opportunities in schools across the city and in the county. These include a variety of age ranges from 11-18 to enable trainees to gain experience of at least two Key Stages from KS3, KS4 and KS5.  A diverse ethnic and cultural school population as well as differing socio-economic catchment areas, in a tight geographical area, offers trainees a unique choice of placement schools. Trainees will gain experience in special education on a five day placement in one of a number of special schools in the Alliance.

The SCITT is in an unrivalled position to offer trainees, many of whom we hope will be employed by member schools, a guarantee and commitment to continued support and professional development. This will include continued support to trainees in their NQT year, in conjunction with the Approved Body which is presently Leicester City LA.  Planning is currently underway on being able to offer access to courses delivered by the Leicester Teaching School Alliance and its member schools such as the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP). Support will also be available to trainees who are employed elsewhere in the country via on-line seminars and a series of blended learning tools.

In partnership with The University of Leicester, the programme outline and specific subject and course content has been designed and written by experienced, school-based practitioners. Trainees will be placed in a wide variety of placement schools ranging from special schools to Sixth Form colleges depending on their individual needs.  The partnership has a diverse spread of both rural/city, socio-economic and ethnic mix to prepare trainees to work in any school in the country.

A distinctive feature of the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT will be its ability to benefit directly from the innovative work of subject leaders from the city’s Secondary Schools Hubs.  All city secondary schools belong to the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP).  As part of this organisation schools have developed a ‘Hub and Spoke’ network for English, Mathematics and Science. Heads of Departments for these subjects meet regularly and organise subject specific CPD events for all subject staff across the city. This close network of staff has proved valuable in disseminating good practice across the city and developed a team ethos across all schools. It is our intention to use this network for the three core subjects and have ITT provision as a standing agenda item.  In this way we believe provision and training can be improved and good practice shared across both the Alliance and city schools.  It will also enhance quality assurance procedures within the SCITT ensuring that feedback from trainees is rapidly acted upon.

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