Info about the course


Lingfield Education Trust is working in partnership with Teach First to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE. ‘Lingfield SCITT’ is a new and exciting part of our Lingfield Education Trust career pathway. We aim to attract and train the strongest new teachers, offering an excellent training partnership with our North East Trust schools and Teach First. All of these schools are rated as at least good by OFSTED, and have their own specialisms and areas of expertise.

Our courses are led and delivered by expert teachers and leaders from across our Trust, including education sector leaders, to ensure that our graduates are confident to embark on the best career that there is! Our programme has 2 course options, an age 3-7 option for those particularly interested in working with the youngest pupils, and an age 5-11 for the full primary range. Applicants wishing to specialise in the Early Years should choose the 3-7 course.

Our one-year, research-led training will give you plenty of hands-on experience and allows you to train to teach in a school near you. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July.  You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as six weeks gaining broader school experience in other educational settings. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.

At the start of the programme in September, you’ll have two weeks of intensive training which will focus on the core areas of teaching such as behaviour management and lesson planning. You will have a further two separate weeks of intensive training later in the year.

In your school, you will spend your time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons and learning how to teach and plan lessons and throughout the year practise your own teaching. You will work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, who will also receive support and training from Lingfield SCITT.

Your weekly training day is designed in collaboration with Teach First’s expert curriculum designers and sequenced to make sure you are focused on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the year. The training will include a mixture of online and face-to-face elements and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a great teacher, gain your Qualified Teacher Status and your PGCE.

The programme also includes six weeks in other educational settings, starting in January. This placement will be designed in partnership with the graduate to gain experience in another school and setting. This may include a placement in a SEND resource base, alternative key stage or a school which has a specialism which meets the needs and interests of the graduate.

At the end of the programme, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to become an effective early career teacher alongside achieving a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

Within our Trust, we have 9 schools across Teesside and the North East which are allocated as our SCITT placement schools for 2024/25. These are:

  • Cambrai Primary School (Catterick)
  • Captain Cook Primary School (Middlesbrough)
  • Corporation Road Primary School (Darlington)
  • Handale Primary School (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
  • Hemlington Hall Academy (Middlesbrough)
  • Hurworth Primary School (Darlington)
  • Lingfield Primary School (Middlesbrough)
  • Mount Pleasant Primary (Darlington)
  • Viewly Hill Academy (Middlesbrough)
  • Preston Primary School (Stockton)

Graduates will be placed in a ‘home school’ and class for the majority of the year. This secures a strong bond with the class teacher, pupils and in-school mentor. Placements are also supported by Trust ‘Lead Mentors’, and the Course Lead, who is also a headteacher within one of our schools. Our SCITT Training Centre is located in Darlington, at our Head Office, based within Corporation Road Primary School.

Info about the course leadership

I am delighted to have been given the responsibility to lead our Lingfield Education Trust SCITT. As a Headteacher and teacher, I have always enjoyed having students in school or my classroom, and I know our Trust is in a great position to be able to offer a high-quality offer for all of the candidates who are successful in applying to our course. All of the schools, who are involved in our programme, are excellent and will go above and beyond to ensure each candidate gets the very best out of their placements. Teacher training is a tough year, but I can honestly say that our Trust has wellbeing and workload high up on the agenda. I was once told by my mentor, when completing my teacher training (many years ago), ‘You will never be able to continue playing hockey and be a teacher.’ And do you know what, I still play 15 years on and have a family, and run a school. We want our candidates to be human and we understand that to be able to be an amazing teacher you need to be happy and I am confident that our way of working, will allow for this to happen. I look forward to working with you all!

Mark Dipple

SCITT Course Lead and Headteacher, Corporation Road Community Primary School

As strategic lead for the SCITT, my role will be to ensure that the most knowledgeable and engaging facilitators are in place to work with the SCITT trainees. The extent of expertise across our Trust is mind-blowing. I am so privileged to work alongside such inspirational and kind professionals each day of the working week. I have also been a keen advocate of the SCITT approach in my own school, Cambrai Primary School. It is wonderful to work with trainees, supporting their development across the year – but even better when they are able to join the team as a member of staff once the course is complete, if a role is available. The development of our Trust SCITT is a career highlight for me – ‘growing our own’ is such a wonderful opportunity to shape the profession, and our Trust. Come and join us!

Mark Dent

Director of Education, Lingfield Education Trust

Contact Details

Telephone: 01325 376719


For more information about Teach First and the national SCITT programme:

Teach First and the national SCITT programme

How to apply

SCITT (age 5 to 11 course)

SCITT (age 3 to 7 course)

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