A walk through the teacher training programme

What does it look like?

1. School Direct: Salaried & Tuition Fee

School Direct trainees spend the majority of their time teaching in school and training on the job.

InductionTeaching London supports trainee teachers well.

Induction is designed to help you feel well prepared to start your teacher training. This is centre-based and takes place at the end of August. You will begin to develop your understanding of key initiatives, such as Child Protection, familiarise yourself with our documentation and get to know the Teaching London team and your fellow trainees.

School-Based Teacher Training

  • You will work alongside experienced teachers who will share their expertise and support your curriculum knowledge and lesson planning
  • You will be  observed teaching regularly and given feedback which identifies key areas for development and progress
  • Weekly targets will be set contributing to your personalised school-based training plan
  • You will teach regularly from the outset and this will increase as your confidence and competence grows
  • You will have a six week placement in a contrasting setting and different age range
  • You will have the option to undertake an enhancement placement in an Special School

Independent Study

  • Subject audits, assignments and directed tasks will guide your independent study and progress
  • Guidance and input are available through regular tutorials with the Teaching London team
  • Subject tutors, mentors and link tutors also support and monitor your personalised training plan

Centre-based teacher training

Teaching London tutors foster a love of teaching in our London SCITTIn addition to your teaching commitment, you will receive designated centre-based teacher training. Primary trainees will focus particularly on the development of their subject knowledge in the core subjects: English (including phonics), Mathematics and Science. Secondary trainees will concentrate on the development of their individual subject. All trainees will address:

  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Theories of Learning
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Effective Planning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Working with pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Working with pupils who speak English as an additional language
  • Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and the ways in which these link with Fundamental British Values
  • Religious Education
  • Core and Foundation subjects and related pedagogies (Primary trainees)


All trainees are offered the opportunity to complete their PGCE as an integral part of your teacher training. There is no additional cost for this qualification for PGCE trainees. By gaining the PGCE you will then be eligible to apply to do your full Masters degree via distance learning with the Plymouth Marjon University.

The Post Graduate Certificate of Education enables you to:

  • develop your subject knowledge and related pedagogies
  • critically reflect and analyse your planning and teaching in specific curriculum areas
  • understand how pupils learn best and how teaching impacts on progress
  • demonstrate your critical engagement with research underpinning professional practice

 Theory and pedagogy of teaching together with classroom practise at Teaching London SCITT.

How you are assessed

We undertake a wide range of assessment activities and track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. These take a variety of forms including:

  • The application and interview process
  • Subject knowledge audits
  • Weekly teaching observations
  • Visits from your link tutor
  • Weekly meetings with your school-based mentor
  • Regular review points throughout the academic year to monitor your progress towards QTS
  • Written assignments and presentations

The Plymouth Marjon University, our validating body, will award your PGCE. They quality assure all aspects of your academic progress and outcomes to ensure it remains of the highest quality.  

Which teacher training programme are you interested in?