TKAT Teaching School Alliance

Why train to teach with TKAT

Welcome to TKAT School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Why train with TKAT SCITT?

The TKAT SCITT Teacher Training scheme is a highly successful school-based Initial Teacher Training programme which was judged as Good in all aspects by Ofsted in June 2014. We offer high quality training through our partnership of primary and secondary schools in South East England.

We have a very high employment rate for our beginner teachers, indeed many have gone on to successful careers within the TKAT Teaching School Alliance.

*100% graded Good or Outstanding *

*100% employment rate *

*Train alongside Good and Outstanding teachers * 

*Excellent support from school Mentors and  SCITT central team*

Our Aims:

To provide high quality initial teacher training which prepares our trainees to be outstanding practitioners by ensuring they:

  • are an integral part of the development of an excellent learning experience for children, enabling their pupils to progress
  • have a consistent and high quality experience, based on exposure to truly outstanding practice
  • are capable of delivering consistently good or outstanding lessons
  • experience a programme which is appropriate to their individual needs; supports and challenges them to excel; offers further professional development possibilities
  • are reflective practitioners who are able to meet the professional challenges facing them in their initial years of teaching
  • have a holistic understanding of the operation of schools as organisations and their professional responsibilities within the school community.

Routes and Accreditation:

We offer Core Led, School Direct Training (tuition fee) and School Direct Salaried Training courses across our primary and secondary partner schools. Please click here for more information about our courses and subjects.

QTS only:

This route leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which qualifies you to teach in England and Wales.

You will follow a supported individual training programme, with weekly mentoring and professional studies. Professional Studies tasks will focus on developing your skills as a reflective practitioner in areas such as Assessment for Learning, Behaviour Management and Pupil Progress.

QTS with PGCE and 60 Masters Credits:

 On this pathway trainees will follow the core QTS professional studies programme and in addition will complete 2 Masters level modules. We work in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University to support trainees following this pathway. Assignments for the PGCE award are taught and externally assessed by the University.  Taught sessions run at The Atkins Centre in Sidcup. The PGCE modules allow trainees to focus on specific aspects of their own practice in the context of 1) Engaging with Research and 2) and Evidence-based Research study.

Further details of the Leeds Beckett PGCE programme can be found via the following link:-


Trainees attend their General Professional Studies sessions once a week.

There are currently two training hubs:

  • The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5AA.
  • Chichester High School, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8EB.

* Plans are in place to open an additional training hub for September 2018 at Debden Park High School in Essex.

Trainees at the Chichester hub will be required to attend some sessions at the Atkins Centre. We try to keep this to a minimum, but where external speakers are booked, we require all the trainees to attend these sessions. Notice is given to trainees when these sessions occur.

There is also some subject-specific training which will involve visits to Lead Practitioners’ schools within the partnership.

How to apply:

Click here for more information on how to apply.

If you have any questions about the programme, please complete the form below or contact


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