School Centred Approach: Hands-on Training

Portsmouth Priw training page start upmary SCITT can give a considerable amount of individual support to each trainee. Our aim is to train good teachers and our standards are high. Trainees are assessed throughout the course in two main ways; through the taught element of the course leading to a Postgraduate qualification and school-based training leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Trainees will have half a term of workshops in primary subjects, based mainly at Beacon View Primary Academy, followed by half a term of teacher training in their placement school. Primary trainees will complete their practice at Key Stages 1 and 2, whilst early years trainees will complete their practice at reception or nursery and Key Stage 1. A total of three teaching practices is required and will cover the age range of 5-11 and 3-7, respectively. Two practices will take place in one school and one practice in another, which should have a contrasting age range and catchment area to the first school.

In school, each trainee will be placed with a mentor. The mentors are very experienced teachers who have been selected for their readiness to share expertise and support development. The trainees will spend a total of 24 weeks each in the classroom working alongside not only their designated mentors, but also other teachers in the school who are subject experts in their field.

Assessment is based on trainees’ ability to meet the standards in Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training.


Trainees are required to write two assignments based on classroom research embedded in primary practice. In addition, trainees make presentations based on their knowledge of English, mathematics and science.

QTS Skills Tests:w training page education

Applicants to ITT courses will be required to pass the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy before starting their course. You should undertake the skills tests as soon as pos
sible after submitting your application. However, if you have not completed the tests we will still consider your application and potentially offer you a conditional place subject to
you passing the
tests. There is additional guidance, information and further resources to help you prepare for, and pass, the skills tests on the Department for Education website,

Masters Level Work:

Trainees are offered the opportunity to study for 60 M-Level credits towards a Masters degree in addition to the Professional Certificate and Qualified Teacher Status awards.