Career Development

Trainee Teacher

You’ll spend most of your time in school placements with some time dedicated to theoretical learning. Your training is likely to include a combination of:

  • unobserved and observed teaching
  • taught sessions
  • seminars and workshops
  • tasks and assignments
  • engagement with academic or professional research

The theoretical part of your training will be delivered a mix of expert colleagues, subject leads and nationally recognised experts in their field. Our training is largely school-based and is complimented by in-depth investigation to current research and the latest cutting-edge processes and techniques in teaching.  Your school placement general mentor will also be on hand to support you in your school placement and learning; your mentor will provide feedback, support and guidance.


Early Career Teacher (ETC)

Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your first two years teaching will be as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).  The ECT period will bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards.

The Early Career Framework, ensures that ECT’s have access to high quality training to support your development. Your teaching timetable is reduced in order that you can fully engage with the activities in your ECT induction programme.



Nationally, the need for good teachers has never been greater; and there is no indication that this demand will change!

As a great teacher, there is certainly no need to be concerned about good job prospects, security or career progression.


Middle Leader (Teaching)

As a middle leader, you take responsibility for a particular function or stream of school life. This will mean that a portion of your working time will take place outside of a classroom and involved in discussions about strategy and school improvement.

In a secondary school, a middle leadership position will normally be one of:

  •   Head of Year
  •   Head of Subject
  •   Pastoral lead
  •   SEN Coordinator

In primary schools, a middle leader will have a job title like: 

  •   Phase leader (e.g. Head of Key Stage 2)
  •    Literacy/Maths Coordinator
  •    SEN Coordinator

Senior Leader (Teaching)

As a successful senior leader in school, you should have good emotional intelligence, which means that you are a strong communicator and are able to expertly handle interpersonal relationships with an awareness of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. You will also be an expert at compromise and empathy. You may be a Deputy Headteacher, or an Associate Principal; you may be a headteacher.

Hear from our graduates about their career development with SCITT

Frankie Price (Teacher of English - Class of 2017)

We are like a family and I really like that about the Stourport SCITT.
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Joe Knott (Head of Year 11 & Teacher of Maths & Modern Foreign Languages - Class of 2015)

Stourport SCITT was hugely influential and beneficial to how my career has panned out.
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Ross Unitt (Head of Geography - Class of 2016)

The team at Stourport SCITT were incredibly supportive and the professional staff were invaluable.
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Paul Begley (He currently teaches in Dubai - Class of 2018)

I applied for three SCITT courses in England and the Stourport SCITT stood head and shoulders above the rest.
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Amie Bell (Art Trainee - Class of 2022)

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