Structure and Support

Former Trainee Comments

"The personalities of the DPSCITT leaders and staff provide energy, humour and understanding within a very supportive atmosphere. The cohort is very well selected enabling good interaction and support between individuals. The knowledge of the tutors is exceptional and are always available to offer help. Their teaching styles which modelled current best practice, were engaging and inspiring."

Course Structure

The Programme covers the full 195 days of the school academic year,and comprises 42 centre-based training days, 68 school-based training days and 85 days of teaching practice spread throughout the year.

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Key Features of the Course:

  • Trainees are based in one partnership school for the Autumn and Summer Terms and a second school for the Spring Term
  • Experience of teaching in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • A structured school-based programme that maximises the power of learning through working alongside successful practitioners
  • The school-based programme is underpinned by a structured taught course delivered centrally by education consultants, advisors and serving practitionersAssignments that develop trainees' subject knowledge for teaching


Main Elements of the Course:

  • Three day introductory residential
  • Audit of your personal subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Centre-based training in the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science), ICT, Physical Education, Child Development, Behaviour Management, Diversity and Inclusion
  • A structured school-based programme to enable theory and research to be observed, in practice, across the age range 5-11
  • A four week Teaching Practice during the Autumn Term
  • Assignments that enable you to relate theory and practice
  • A five week Teaching Practice in a second school and opposite Key Stage
  • Training in the National Curriculum Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Music, Art, Religious Education and Primary Modern Foreign Languages
  • An eight week final Teaching Practice in your home school.

Support for Trainees

We have a core team of 3 full time staff. They are fully dedicated to training the 40 trainees we have each year and have no other role but to support the trainees. We also have expert central trainers who support you with key subject knowledge, pedagogical skills, writing assignments and gaining employment including personal statements and interview techniques.Trainees can expect to be welcomed into school. Trainees are part of the school team and will be treated as members of staff in all respects.

Each school is different but in all the schools in the Devon Primary SCITT trainees can expect:

  • The regular support of the School-based Tutor and Class Teacher
  • Regular seminar meetings to review and develop practice
  • Opportunities to observe and work alongside excellent practitioners
  • Professional guidance from the staff in the school
  • Access to appropriate school documentation
  • Access to appropriate and relevant pupil documentation
  • Access to the school's resources and ICT facilities