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How to Apply

The Deepings SCITT is committed to safer-recruitment. (For Privacy notice – click here)

Applications are made through the DfE central application system where The Deepings SCITT is listed as a provider. Applications open 12th October 2021 for the teacher training courses starting in September 2022. They will close at some point in June.

Please note that the personal statement and references are a crucial part of the application process, and your application will not be complete and visible to us without these two elements.
Once you have applied via DfE APPLY, all Training Providers have 40 working days to make a decision on your application. You will receive a welcome email from DfE APPLY which will contain your Personal ID and username for their online system Track, where you can follow the progress of your application. Your application will be sent to your chosen training providers online, normally within 24 hours. You’ll find out in Track what decision each training provider has made on your application.

The Application & Interview Process FAQs

1.Should I delay my application until I can get some school experience?

School experience is an advantage although not a pre-requisite to ITT applications. We do however expect an element of research into your chosen subject / phase / national curriculum.

If you would benefit from school experience, then we are hoping that schools will now be open to visitors.

2) Are references from abroad allowed if that is where I have done some teaching?

If this is your current employer then even if teaching abroad, we do need this reference. A second one from the UK would be helpful.
Additionally, if you have lived outside the UK for a continuous period of 6 months or more in the past 5 years you will need to provide a criminal record check from the country(ies) that you have lived in during that period.  We call this a ‘Letter of Good Conduct’ but the name varies from country to country. You should request that the letter of good conduct is issued in English or obtain a certified translation of the certificate. If you are still resident in the country that you need the letter from we advise you to apply for it before you leave as, in many cases, it is easier to obtain the letter from within the country.

3) Who should write my reference – people who know me best?

Ideally, your referees should know you and your skillset well but we do not accept personal references from friends.

4) If I pass the initial decision making and screening, can you tell me the time line of the interviews?

 Interviews take place on application as, once the application comes through, the system gives us a turnaround deadline beyond which it automatically rejects candidates. We aim to contact candidates within 72 hours of an application.

5) The interview stage states that 'Candidates will also be tested on their fundamental proficiencies in English and Maths.' Will this be a test be similar to the old literacy and numeracy tests for QTS applicants?

The responsibility to test your basic key skills or proficiencies to teach now rests with providers, so we administer these as part of your interview process. As you already have to be qualified in English and Maths to GCSE level, we don’t repeat this but we do need to ensure that your skills are suitable for teaching so we use the year 6 SAT level as a baseline for both and there is an additional longer writing task so we can check out your comprehension and grammar skills. Should you be successful on interview, you will be invited into school to sit the tests.

6) Could you explain the financial implications of completing a fee-paying teacher training programme?

There are 3 types of funding available for teacher training – depending on your circumstances you could receive all three:

1. Tax free bursary or scholarship

2. Tuition fee loan and/or Maintenance loan

3. Additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability

Some secondary subjects will entitle you to a tax-free bursary or scholarship if you have a First; 2:1; 2:2; PhD or Master’s.

The training programme involves a charge for the tuition fee if you apply for the fee-paying option. The fees are: £8,250.00 – QTS only; £9,250.00 PGCE+QTS.  You can apply to the Student Loan Company for a Tuition Fee Loan or choose to self-fund and pay the SCITT directly.  You can also apply to the SLC for a Maintenance Loan, the amount to which you would be entitled would depend on your personal circumstances and household income.  You would need to apply directly for any additional financial support to which you may be entitled.

7) Could you explain the difference between a QTS only route and a PGCE + QTS route?

In England, all you need to teach is Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but traditionally, teacher trainees were additionally awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) too.  This is necessary if you ever wish to teach overseas and it does bring with it 60 Masters Credits.

We offer all of our teacher training courses with the option of a PGCE. The core training programme you receive is the same either way.  If you choose the PGCE option, this is a ‘bolt-on’ and includes delivery from the University of Hull – they come out and deliver to our trainees prior to each of the two assignments and for an extra £1000 (total fee £9250) this is a very cheap route to masters’ credits. We really value the extra focus on the academic background theory which this brings.  Should you take the QTS-only option, you simply don’t attend the additional sessions although you are still required to submit one written assignment. (Fee £8250)

Other FAQs

Decisions & Replies

Once you have submitted your application, your chosen training providers will review your details and decide whether to make you an offer or invite you along to interview.

  • When you have received decisions in Track from all your choices, you have 10 working days to reply to any offers you’ve been given. You only need to reply to your offers once you’ve had decisions from all your choices, this is when the 10 working days begins.
  • If you’re sure you already have the offer you want, you can withdraw from any outstanding choices to accept that offer.
  • You must reply to your offers in Track. Any verbal or email communication with a training provider will not be considered formal decisions.
  • You can only accept one offer. If you’ve got more than one, you’ll have to choose the offer that’s best for you and decline the others. But if you don’t want to accept any of the offers, you can decline them all.
  • Make sure you respond inside the 10 working days or your offers will be automatically declined.
  • If you accept an unconditional offer, you are agreeing to take a place on that programme with that training provider.
  • If you accept a conditional offer, you are agreeing to take a place on that programme with that training provider, if you meet all the conditions.

You can accept an offer before you have heard from all your choices. However, we would advise you to think very carefully before doing this and do not do it unless you are very sure this is the right choice for you. To do this, you must withdraw from any providers who have not given a decision. The option to reply will only become available through Track after you have done this.

Screening: Applications are initially scrutinised by a team with priority given to those applicants with a 2:1 class degree or above.

Interview: Successful candidates are invited for an interview usually held at The Deepings School (Secondary) and Bourne Westfield (Primary.) The panel will aim to include at least two members of the SCITT Management Team, and at least one member of the panel will have had recent Safer Recruitment Training.

As well as a formal interview, this process will include, for secondary, an assessed recorded presentation on a KS4 topic and for Primary there is a recorded reading task. Candidates will also be tested on their fundamental proficiencies in English and Maths. Offers will be dependent on a successful Host School Visit which sees applicants who have been successful at formal interview, invited to attend the potential host school.

Host School Visit: This is recommended to be at least a full-day visit (unless the candidate is already employed by the school in some capacity) in order to assess mutual suitability.

A programme will be put on for the candidate which may include:

  • A tour of the school
  • Lesson observations
  • Active participation with groups of students (delivery if appropriate)
  • Attendance at staff meetings / opportunities to meet with the subject team
  • Interviews with senior and subject leader(s)

The outcome of the HSV is critical in deciding the suitability of the applicant for the training post. A conditional offer of a place would need to be issued and accepted following this visit.

Entry Requirements for The Deepings SCITT

We seek high quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and require the following qualifications for entry to all of our courses:

  • A degree, class (usually) 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at grade C /4 or above.
  • GCSE Science (or equivalent) at grade C /4 or above if you are applying to teach primary.
  • Evidence of competence in English and Maths (tests on interview)
Classroom experience

There is no minimum requirement for classroom experience but we do expect our candidates to be confident they know the role for which they wish to apply and have some understanding of the phase / subject alongside the skillset and qualities needed for a career in teaching. Without school experience, this can be researched and there is lots of information available at the end of a quick internet search. If you are planning an application to The Deepings SCITT and feel you would benefit from school experience, then contact us and we can look to making an arrangement for you. (Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 school visitor restrictions)

Fitness to Teach

We will need to ensure you are fit to teach and you may be asked some questions with regard to this to establish whether we need to carry out a ‘Fit to Work’ assessment.

Employment History

On the offer of a place, in the interests of safer recruitment, we ask all candidates to complete a full chronological employment history.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. A criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from becoming a teacher though you will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal check. This enables us to identify those who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Eligibility to study in the UK

If you are not a British national you must ensure via the Home Office/UK Border Agency that you are eligible to study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received all the required visas, permits and documentation to do so before your training begins.

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The Deepings SCITT
The Deepings School,
Park Road, Deeping St James,
Peterborough, PE6 8NF

01778 342159


The Deepings SCITT

The Deepings School,
Park Road,
Deeping St James,

Contact Us

01778 342159