Seeking Accreditation as a SCITT

We are delighted that the House of Commons Education Select Committee recognised in its report Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best the success of those school partnerships that had set up as SCITTs and supported the expansion of this route into teaching.

Ofsted has recently published all of the inspection reports for the 2016 cycle of inspection. These confirm that SCITTs (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training partnerships) are being rated highly by Ofsted. 18 SCITTS were inspected this year and, of these, 9 (50%) were judged to be outstanding (grade 1). A further 8 (44%) were judged to be good.  94% of SCITTs inspected were judged to be good or outstanding in 2016.

This outcome is all the more remarkable when the fact that all of these are ‘new’ SCITTs, in only their second, full year of operation and subject to their first inspection is taken into consideration.

The expansion of school-led teacher training remains a significant political aspiration of the current government and much has been done to publicise the opportunities and ease the path of partnerships seeking accreditation.

The next Preparing New Provider (PNP) briefings are scheduled as follows*:

  • Manchester: NCTL, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD, Thursday 16th February, Room G38, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Nottingham: DfE, Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG8 1DH, Monday 6th March, LCC Room 7a, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • London: St Matthew’s House and Conference Centre, 20 Great Peter Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2BU, Monday 13th March, Trevelyan Hall, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

*Attendance at these meetings must be pre-booked. Please ensure sure you  e-mail to register their interest and book a place.

SCITTs that were established some years ago were subject to a very rigorous accreditation process which lasted in most cases over a year, having provided very detailed documentation on every aspect of the provision which was then subject to intense scrutiny by external consultants. The current accreditation process is much slimmer and perhaps less overtly rigorous, but the underlying expectations of ITT provision have if anything increased sharply over the last few years. In particular, trainees now have a very substantial financial stake in their training and appeals and complaints are rapidly increasing.

Useful slides from the NCTL Quality and Improvement Conference 10th November 2014

Information about how existing providers have set up their accredited provision in relation to

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