Teacher Training

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

The Compton SCITT stands for ‘School Centred Initial Teacher Training’ and means that The Compton now awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to its growing number of trainees.

Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton’s outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the South East of England deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.

Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.” We are very proud that we can now also label our training as Outstanding in all four areas of the Ofsted criteria.

The Compton SCITT partnership

The Compton SCITT Partnership consists of 7 schools; The Compton School, Finchley Catholic High School, Heartland High School, Hendon School, Kingsmead School,  St James’ Catholic High School and Wren Academy.

Teacher training places for September 2018

The Compton SCITT is offering teacher training places from September 2018 in:

  • Art  
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Primary – General

Application Process

The UCAS application window opened on October 26th 2017. Only applications made through UCAS can be considered.

Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent overseas degree verified by The National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC)

  • The degree must comprise a minimum 50% of modules in the subject area you wish to train to teach
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics
  • Applicants who do not have standard GCSE certificates will need to take an equivalence test
  • All entrants will need to have passed the professional skills tests* in literacy and numeracy prior to beginning the programme.

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School Direct Salaried

School Direct (salaried) allocation 2017-18

The Compton-Barnet Teaching School Alliance is working alongside UCL (IOE) and The Compton SCITT Partnership to offer teacher training through the ‘School Direct’ scheme. We are offering the School Direct (salaried) route into teaching.

Trainee teachers wishing to follow an unsalaried route are guided towards The Compton School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Programme.

The schools in the alliance currently offering School Direct (salaried) primary qualification (2017-18) are:

  • St Mary’s CofE Primary School
  • Sacred Heart RC Primary School
  • Northside Primary School
  • Blessed Dominic Primary
  • Elsley Primary School
  • Chalkhill Primary
  • Dollis Junior School
  • St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School
  • Lea Valley Primary School
  • Livingstone Primary Nursery and School

The schools in the alliance currently offering School Direct (salaried) secondary qualification (2017-18) are:

  • The Compton School
  • Finchley Catholic High School
  • Hendon School
  • Woodside High School

Apply through UCAS from Thursday 26th October

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