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Routes Explained

There are a few different routes you can take to train to become a teacher, but our Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ITT provision champions Initial Teacher Training (ITT) routes through different partners in our region.

A School-Centred ITT (SCITT) is a good route for anyone looking to get into teaching, whether you are due to, or have, recently graduated, are looking to change careers, or may be working in a school and want to become a teacher.

Our provider partners also offer different routes to train as a teacher, so below we have provided a summary of the different options. However, if you are interested in training to teach but aren’t sure of the best options for you, please get in touch and speak to Claire Mott on 01223 491 630 or email using the link below.

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)


Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is a great route for anyone looking to get into teaching, including recent graduates, people looking to change careers, or anyone working in schools that wants to train to become a teacher.

A SCITT is a one-year teacher-training course where you will train and develop your skills in the classroom and is suitable for anyone with a degree that wants to become a teacher.

This route places significant emphasis on practical, school-based experience. You will spend most of your learning directly in the classroom, working alongside experienced teachers. This will earn you a hands-on, classroom experience from the very start.

This teacher training route is designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges to help you gain the necessary skills needed to gain your qualification and meet the needs of local schools.

And, some Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses can provide you with bursaries to help fund your course based on national needs.

Our Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ITT is delivered by three partners across our region:

You can find out more about each of the providers, their partner schools and the areas they cover by clicking their links above.

If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, please get in touch and a member of our team can help guide you to the best options.

Salaried School Direct


If you’re a graduate, with at least 3 years of experience within any career, then this route could be for you.

Rather than going back to university to study, you will work directly in a school who partner with an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider.

Throughout your training, you will work closely with experienced teachers, providing you with a practical route into teaching. You will also be able to earn a salary during your training, and your employing school will cover your fees.

You can find out more about the Salaried School Direct opportunities available through our partner providers:


Assessment Only


The Assessment Only route is ideal for people who are already working as an unqualified teacher. Individuals with a degree and substantial experience of working in a school, early years, or further education setting, can use this option to gain QTS without undergoing a teacher training programme. 

To be eligible, you must have worked in at least two schools/education settings, for at least two years.

You will need to apply directly to an assessment-only provider, which includes a school, college, or any other educational institution. Your knowledge and teaching skills will be then assessed in the classroom.

You can find out more about the Salaried School Direct opportunities available through our partner providers:

Non-Salaried School Direct


The Non-Salaried School Direct route offers aspiring teachers another route to becoming a qualified teacher.

In many ways, your training will be like other programmes provided by our SCITT providers, universities, and colleges.

You can dive straight in and gain invaluable, practical experience by primarily working in the classroom. Working under the guidance and support of experienced tutors and teachers, you will have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources. Upon completion of your training, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Unlike the salaried route, where trainees receive a salary and are an employee of their school, non-salaried trainees are not employed by the school and are responsible for their own tuition fees and living expenses whilst they train.

Talk to Us 

If you are thinking about training to teach, have a question or would like to talk to someone who can help explain the different routes to become a teacher, please contact us below.

Claire Mott, The Cambridge Partnership

01223 491630

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