Initial Teacher Training

School Centred Initial Teacher Training

Stourport SCITT is the longest established school based training provider in Worcestershire. We offer a school-centred initial teacher training course based within our dedicated training facility adjacent to The Stourport High School & VIth Form College and Stourport Sports Club with placements within our primary or secondary partner schools across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

Stourport SCITT courses give you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in this network of schools where you will work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately put your new skills into practice whilst being fully immersed in the school environment.

Working with a network of primary and secondary schools in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire we are able to offer bespoke school-centred initial teacher training placements in a number of rural communities.  Our proven track record shows that 100% of our newly qualified teachers have gained employment in many of our partnership schools.

Our school-led teacher training courses last a year and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 masters-level credits on successful completion. The masters credits are awarded by Birmingham City University (BCU). All training with BCU is held in Stourport so no additional travelling is needed, and all trainees are able to use the library at BCU should they need to.

Download our latest information Stourport SCITT Brochure 2017-18

And apply now!

Key reasons to choose SCITT:

  • Excellent track record for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)gaining 100% employment upon completion of the Stourport SCITT Course for the past 3 years. Many of these teaching positions are found within our partner school network which demonstrates the confidence that headteachers have in the quality of the Stourport SCITT training programmes.
  • Trainees awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) begin their careers as newly qualified teachers with positive attitudes and the skills and abilities necessary to develop into very effective teachers.
  • Primary and secondary training placements across the three counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, not just in Stourport.
  • You are part of a team from the start and receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. You won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you are ready.
  • To become a qualified teacher, you have to take training placements in two schools. So whether you want to become a Primary or Secondary teacher you will have two placements and will spend time in other schools too.
  • You will attend 3 training blocks, throughout your year (comparable to the university-led route). You will also be invited to regular twilight training sessions to network with other trainees and work with key staff to develop your skills.
  • Teachers training teachers: High-quality school-based training, which uses the expertise of teachers to help trainees to develop a good understanding of the subjects that they are training to teach.
  • Trainees and NQTs are proud to be associated with the Stourport SCITT. They are highly positive about their experience as they feel that it prepares them well for a career in teaching.
  • All trainees who achieved QTS in 2016 successfully completed the PGCE course with Birmingham City University.
  • SCITT financial support is the same as for the traditional university-led path. Full details can be found at

We recruit trainee teachers from our local Higher Education Institutions, such as Worcester University, Birmingham City University, Wolverhampton University and Birmingham University.

The Stourport SCITT is currently recruiting trainees for the 2017/2018 school year which will run from September 2017. Applications open via UCAS on 18 October 2016 and we expect the first of interviews to take place in November/December 2016.  More interviews will be arranged throughout the recruitment period as applications flood in via the UCAS website. Please visit our website for full details on on teacher training courses.

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Return to Teaching

If you’re considering returning to teaching, or you’re qualified to teach but never taught in a state school, the transition may be much easier than you expect. Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, there’s lots of support available to help you become one of the thousands of teachers each year who come back to a profession where you can make a real difference every day.

Thousands of former teachers return to the profession every year – find out why

If you’re ready to come back, we’re here to help – particularly if you’re thinking of going back to teaching an English Baccalaureate subject (English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, history, geography, or a language). For these subjects we can offer you free refresher training and mentoring in one of our secondary schools, as well as a new pilot programme in 2016 which will link you to a school looking to employ returners in your subject area.

Earn up to £65k* as a leading practitioner    

  *Conditions apply

To find out more about the support available from the Get Into Teaching website or you can contact us directly at the Stourport Teaching School Alliance if you have any questions on returning to teach. Alternatively, contact Sara Peace on 01299 824596 who can help and advise you on our Return to Teaching programme.

On average, a classroom teacher earns £37,400 a year, with excellent opportunities for progression.

Find out more about pay and conditions.

Stourport SCITT & TSA


‘Do you have what it takes to become a teacher?’

Find out about:

Initial Teacher Training Courses 

at Stourport SCITT in conjunction with The Stourport High School & VIth Form College.

School Experience Days

Register your place for one of these dates:

  • Thursday 19th October 2017
  • Thursday 16th November 2017
  • Thursday 7th December 2017
  • Friday 19th January 2018
  • Thursday 15th February 2018
  • Thursday 15th March 2018
  • Friday 27th April 2018
  • Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Friday 15th June 2018
  • Friday 6th July 2018

Open Day or Open Evening

Register now to find out if you have what it takes to be a primary or secondary teacher:

  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 – 4pm to 6pm
  • Thursday 4th January 2018 – 4pm to 6pm

Primary and Secondary placements for September 2018 start.

Train to Teach Roadshow

  • Saturday 30th September 2017 – 11am – 12.30pm

    Worcester Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY    View Map

Find out about the latest funding and bursaries on offer.