School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Looking for an outstanding school to start your career?

Come and join Goldsworth on your journey to becoming a qualified teacher!

What is School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)?

The SCITT programme allows you the opportunity to learn on the job across two schools, learning from experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into action from day one. The course lasts for one academic year and results in the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The majority of the time will be spent working alongside an experienced class teacher. Trainees will be expected to attend all staff meetings and development days and to engage fully in school life, therefore extending their professional development. During Autumn and Spring terms, the trainees work in class for 3 days a week, as well as learning the role of the teacher. Teacher and trainee roles become interchangeable. The fourth day is a school based training day; half a day is spent in our partner school, St John’s Primary School, and the other half day is devoted to wider school experience at Goldsworth. The final day is an external professional study day where trainees will receive training in the key teaching areas and in the primary curriculum subjects.

By Summer term, the trainee teaches the class for 4 days each week.

We have a strong partnership with the Surrey South Farnham SCITT programme, which provides excellent training alongside the experience you’ll receive from being with Goldsworth and St John’s.

Why train with us?

Goldsworth Primary School has an outstanding record in training SCITT students, with them advancing on to become fantastic class teachers. We are proud to have a large number of previous trainees on our staff and whole-heartedly believe that the programme gives them a fantastic start in their careers.

The Goldsworth community encourages all to be self-reflective and pro-active in developing the skills needed to become successful. We have the highest aspirations for our children both for academic success and success in their relationships and personal well-being, believing that every child can achieve great things and live happy, fulfilled lives. At Goldsworth we hope to create an environment which encourages everyone who is part of it to ‘Be The Best That They Can Be’.

An Introduction to Surrey South Farnham SCITT (SSF)

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, diverse, outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working with over 100 schools in Surrey and beyond. Their trainees are highly sought after and they deliver 100% employment every year. All trainees completed their training at a good or outstanding level last year and their feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. Surrey South Farnham SCITT is Surrey’s largest school-led primary provider and is praised for having a personalised approach to each and every trainee.

‘An exceptionally strong learning community where leaders, trainers and trainees share a high level
of commitment, enthusiasm and engagement in the partnership’

(Ofsted 2014)

Surrey South Farnham SCITT has been named by the Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 as one of the top 10 teacher trainer providers in the country and finds itself amongst a number of prestigious providers like Cambridge University (the only University to be ranked above them).

‘Training of the highest quality which enables trainees to put the theory they learn into practice in the classroom’ – Ofsted 2014

Surrey South Farnham SCITT currently has 104 trainees and has recruited a similar number for next year. A PGCE qualification is available to those who wish to pursue this M-level qualification (60 masters credits) with Roehampton University. Approximately 50% of trainees are on a salaried programme as schools are increasingly seeing the value in an early investment in teacher training in anticipation of recruitment needs in the future.

‘Trainees’ outcomes are consistently good or better with an increasing proportion of trainees attaining the Teachers’ Standards at the highest level’ – Ofsted 2014

To find out more about the programmes on offer, entry requirements and FAQs please visit

For more details, please read the “SCITT at Goldsworth Information” document in the Documents section.

Applicants are encouraged to informally view the school during the school day, prior to application. Please telephone the school office to arrange a visit.

Goldsworth Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

To apply for this job, please download and complete the application and Equality Monitoring Form, then email both forms together with a covering letter to quoting ‘SCITT’.

Or alternatively, please send a covering letter together with completed application and Equality Monitoring Form to:

Mrs G Kozlowski
Acting Headteacher
Goldsworth Primary School
Bridge Barn Lane
Surrey GU21 6NL