What is a SCITT?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provision gives schools/school partnerships the responsibility for training new teachers in schools.

As an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the CLF SCITT is a ‘provider’ equivalent to an HEI (University) provider of initial teacher training, able to make the assessment and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) /Department for Education (DfE).

SCITTs partner with an HEI for the award of PGCE; our partner is the University of the West of England, UWE Bristol. Successful graduates of the CLF SCITT will all complete the ITT year with QTS and most with a PGCE.


The CLF has a long history of being involved in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) as a provider of school placements and in 2012 we partnered with UWE to become involved in the first cohort of school direct teacher training. This enabled us to be more involved in the recruitment and training of the trainees and led to four years of very successful recruitment, completion and employment. During that time our programme grew to include primary and secondary training programmes across 10 subject areas. 

In 2015 the CLF became an accredited provider of ITT and was given the privilege of being able to take full control of the training programme and recommend qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We have maintained a strong relationship with UWE who accredit our PGCE qualification and support the progress of our trainees.

We are extremely proud of our work with trainee teachers and are commited to developing the best teachers for the future.

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