United Teaching National SCITT is a bespoke teacher training course, run in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, who award the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The course starts with a two-week summer school in August based in our lead schools. You will then spend your academic year in your host school with additional training one afternoon each week at the lead school. In addition, you will complete a second placement at a contrasting school. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the DfE Teaching Standards, while your academic PGCE study will comprise of two academic assignments, assessed by Goldsmiths.

Before starting training with United Teaching, all trainees will be invited to attend a minimum of two days induction at their host school. Activities will include pupil shadowing, lesson observations focusing on behaviour and learning, routines, expectations, teaching and learning strategies, and assessment for learning, as well as meeting key people that will be supporting you with United Teaching throughout your training year.


Find out about pedagogical training and subject training.

Pedagogical training

Through training and lesson observation, you’ll explore teaching methodology and creative ways to engage pupils

Session topics include:

  • Setting expectations and routines in the classroom
  • Creating a positive climate for learning
  • Assessing and promoting pupil progress
  • Marking and feedback
  • Promoting learning behaviour
  • Planning lessons
  • Differentiating your teaching

Subject training

Your core subject training will provide intensive exposure to all Primary subjects. This will include observing outstanding lessons in practice. All sessions will be led by experienced and outstanding practitioners, including Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) and Senor Leaders.

Key insight areas:

  • Core subject knowledge
  • Development of Primary Curriculum
  • Assessment against National Curriculum guidelines
  • Lesson

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Find out about the core themes of our integrated Professional and Curriculum Studies Programme.

We cycle through key themes during weekly sessions, adapting the emphasis to suit the specific needs of the particular teachers on the course. Our sessions are facilitated by both professional and subject leads. And thanks to a high tutor-to-teacher ratio, your personal reflection and target-setting will be well supported.

The first six weeks will involve:

  • Setting expectations and routines in the classroom
  • Writing clear lesson objectives that promote progress
  • Ensuring student progress is effectively assessed in lessons
  • Differentiating learning for different pupil needs
  • Maximising the value of teaching assistants and other colleagues
  • Making sure that marking and feedback are driving student progress

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United Teaching trains new teachers in a range of subjects: 

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • MFL (French or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Primary
  • Religious Education

Other Humanities subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please note that not all subjects will be available for every cohort. You can find out which subjects we are currently advertising here

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