Lincolnshire SCITT


What is a SCITT? 

SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training.  It is a school-based route so you train to teach within our partner schools. SCITTs can award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Who do we train? 

We are looking for outstanding teachers from a wide range of backgrounds. We are looking both for new graduates and those wanting a career change so we actively encourage anyone to apply.

 Is the course full time?

Yes, trainees will spend four days a week in schools and one day a week in central training with the Lincolnshire SCITT and the University of Lincoln.

 What subjects are available?

We have places available across the following programmes:

  • Primary (3-11 years)
  • Secondary (11-19 years)

For details of the secondary subjects we train in, please click here.

Vacancies to all our programmes are updated regularly through the DFE Find Postgraduate Teacher Training search tool.  

At which school might I train? 

Lincolnshire SCITT works with a large partnership of schools across Lincolnshire including lead schools and teaching schools. These schools reflect the diversity of types of establishments in our county. 

Please visit our training pages for more information, click here for Primary or click here for Secondary 

 Where is the course based?

Trainees will spend the majority of their time in their main teaching school, but will have the experience of teaching in a second, contrasting school. Time spent in the classroom will be supported by a weekly training element delivered to all trainees at either schools across the county, the University of Lincoln or a central training location in Lincoln.

 How much will the course cost?

£9,250 is the current cost of the course.

 Can I receive funding for the course?

Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance. Bursaries and scholarships may also be available for priority subject areas. Please click here for bursaries and funding information.

 How do I apply for the course?

Please click here for details of How to Apply to our programmes

All applications to Lincolnshire SCITT and its accrediting providers can be made through DFE Apply for Teacher Training system. You can find our programmes and vacancies through the DFE Find Postgraduate Teacher Training search tool

What are the entry requirements? 

At a minimum:

  • A UK Honours degree (or equivalent)
  • All entrants have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4/grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
  • All those who intend to teach pupils aged 3 to 11 additionally must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4/grade C in a GCSE science subject.

Please click here for further details.

My degree isn't in the subject I want to teach, can I still apply? 

Yes, at secondary providing that you have an A-Level in the subject you want to teach and may be willing to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.  More SKE information can be found on the Department for Education’s Get into Teaching page, simply click here for more information.

 Do I need experience?

No, prior experience is not essential. However we support the DFE School Experience Programme as experience will strengthen an applicants application and interview.  

More information on the School Experience Programme can be found here.

What are the Professional Skills Tests? 

The Professional Skills Tests are no longer applicable and candidates joining the Lincolnshire SCITT programme after 1 April 2020 do not need to undertake these tests.  Throughout training fundamental proficiencies in literacy and numeracy will need to be demonstrated and Lincolnshire SCITT will support with this on acceptance to the programme.

What qualification will I receive? 

Upon successful meeting of the Teachers’ Standards and thereby completing the course, trainees will attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Alongside this with the University of Lincoln, trainees will access a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits. 

Will I be employed after the course? 

Although we cannot guarantee employment, after successful completion of the course many trainees are employed within one of our partner schools.

What are the benefits of training with the Lincolnshire SCITT? 

Lincolnshire SCITT offers access to a diverse range of schools within Lincolnshire, to give an example these range from primary to secondary schools, mixed schools to single sex schools and comprehensive to grammar.  Lincs SCITT provide life-long professional development to trainees within Lincolnshire, including supporting and providing opportunities as a NQT, RQT, leadership roles and beyond. Please click here for our Train to Teach prospectus to find out more!

 What are Lincolnshire SCITT looking for?

We are looking for trainee teachers who will inspire our students through their enthusiasm and belief in the intrinsic value of their subject. 

  • A high quality degree demonstrating your subject knowledge​
  • The ability to communicate knowledge to a range of learners
  • High levels of interpersonal skills
  • Flexible approach and open and willing to learn
  • A degree of resilience
  • Drive and ambition to become an outstanding teacher and a future leader
  • Reflective on your practice, with the ability to take and act upon advice

I am an overseas international applicant, can I apply to your programme?  

This depends on your origin country as different rules apply for citizens of countries within the EEA or Switzerland and citizens from the rest of the world.  These rules do not apply to Irish citizens.  

More information regarding the requirements for overseas applicants can be found here: Overseas graduates | Get Into Teaching (  Please contact us should you have further questions regarding eligibility to apply as an international applicant. 

I have more questions, where can I find out more?  

We host information events across the county and online where you can find out more about teaching training and our programme, please check the SCITT events page for regular updates. 

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by clicking here.

We endeavour at all times to conduct our recruitment procedures with fairness and applicants' best interests at the forefront. Please click here for more information on our recruitment complaints procedure.