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National Modern Languages SCITT

The only national training course for Modern Languages teaching!

As a result of our success recruiting and training Modern Languages teachers through School Direct, we have worked with the Department for Education to establish a subject-specific School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider for Modern Languages.

Our SCITT represents an established partnership between the state and independent sector offering a wealth of experience and tremendous opportunities to train to teach in a wide range of contexts.

Providing expertise in the teaching of languages

Our training has been developed in close collaboration with Modern Languages experts from schools and universities and includes ‘day school’ where we bring together all our Modern Languages trainees for subject specialist training. Our course leader has been teaching in English schools for 25 years, successfully mentoring trainee teachers for over 15 years. She is also a German national who trained to teach in England and understands the challenges of teaching in a new setting. You will have the opportunity to explore your own subject knowledge away from the classroom on a regular basis. There are two clear strands to the programme: academic study and classroom practice.

Hands on experience in the classroom

The training programme takes place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools where trainees gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. They spend most of the year in their placement school, however, they also spend six weeks in a second school; these arrangements are statutory. This second school complements their first placement to ensure they have a varied experience of schools.

Our choice of placement school is based upon the trainee's experience to date, areas for development and any relevant personal circumstances. We want them to be happy in their placement school and endeavour to take any personal requests into consideration. In addition, they will have the opportunity to visit a special school. This helps them to develop their skills so that they are prepared to teach the full ability range of students and see differentiation in action!

A supportive environment

From the moment our trainees join us they are supported by an experienced and friendly team, from the SCITT Director and lead teachers to the admin personnel and school based mentors. In the early induction period they are  encouraged to get to know their peers and develop their own close knit family of fellow trainees across the partnership, who will act as invaluable support as the year progresses and later on as they begin their careers.

We provide subject specific training with their lead teacher, and seminars with university lecturers. Our experienced and caring leaders and staff will be able to help them with all aspects of the course and support them personally if the going gets tough!

We offer a unique familiarisation programme, which allows our trainees to meet their peers and have an in-depth introduction to the English education system as well as teaching and learning prior to going into your first placement school. This means that when they start in their first placement school they will feel fully prepared.

Bolton, Oundle, Abingdon/Oxfordshire, Sheffield & London

Train in one of our geographical hubs

The National Modern Languages SCITT is in partnership with teaching schools and excellent schools from both the state and independent sector. Our partnership extends to many areas of the country enabling you to choose a setting that most suits you. Currently we have geographical hubs in Sheffield, Bolton, Oundle, Abingdon/Oxfordshire, and London. However, more hubs are planned for the coming year.

Supporting you into your first teaching job

The NML SCITT provides Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), both of which are nationally and internationally recognised. PGCE is provided by Sheffield Hallam University and includes 60 credits at level 7 (Masters’ level) which are transferable.

Our excellent Teaching School has an extremely strong track record of getting trainees into their first job.

Find out more, including how to apply at our NML SCITT website.

Why train via the NML SCITT?

The support I received from the central team has been outstanding. They have helped with any issues I had – from applying in the first place, to helping me throughout the course."

NML SCITT trainee (class of 2018)