Before you start to train

So you have been through the interview and have been offered a place on the programme.  What do you need to do before you start?


1. Complete your professional skills tests.

Don’t be complacent, prepare for them as you would do for any test.

Don’t leave them for the summer, sometimes people do not pass these the first, or even second time and you will need to be able to rebook the tests in the test centre.

2. Complete your qualification submission.  If you were missing any qualification certificates or NARIC certificates at the interview then make sure you find them and submit them.  Sometimes you may need to apply for copies of your certificates from the examining body.

3. Complete your identification checks and submit them to the SCITT office.  In June, you will be asked to complete your DBS safeguarding check in an on-line form.

4. Complete your health questionnaire.

We need to be able to prove that you are fit to teach.

5. Complete your school recruitment visit to your matched school

Contact your school to arrange a visit as soon as you are sent the contact details.


6. Attend the induction day in August.


What else can you do?

  • When accepted onto the programme, you will be given a reading list to support your preparation.
  • Read current educational materials e.g. Times Educational Supplement
  • Read the Teachers’ Standards and become familiar with the basis for all initial teacher training.
  • Read the advice for Ofsted inspectors inspecting Initial Teacher Training.
  • Read the DfE’s Initial Teacher Training Criteria so that you understand what will be covered by the programme.
  • Read the  Ofsted inspectors School Inspection Handbook to familiarise yourself with what makes a good or outstanding school.
  • Spend more time in primary schools in the grant maintained sector, familiarising yourself with what teachers do as part of their role and how they manage classroom behaviour.

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