Training to be a Secondary School Teacher

Swindon Secondary School Teaching Alliance Initial Teacher Education (formerly SCITT)

Swindon Secondary Schools Teaching Alliance Initial Teacher Education (SSSTA ITE) is a partnership between Swindon secondary schools, Swindon Teaching School and the University of Gloucestershire to provide high quality initial teacher training leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)


Further Information

If you are considering a career as a secondary school teacher, please click here to visit the SSSTA ITE website for further information and application details.

School experience days at Ridgeway School and 6th Form College provide an opportunity for visitors to observe 3 lessons in their subject specialism. If you are interested and want to know more please click here.

What is our Initial Teacher Training programme like?

For an objective appraisal, this is what the Ofsted Inspection Report on us said in March 2011:

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Useful links for routes into a career in teaching

Department for Education

“Get into Teaching”
DfE Homepage

Before you decide which route into teaching you want to take, you should find out about the common factors that apply across all teacher training courses

We can help you decide which course suits you best – register for personalised advice and support.

Swindon Secondary School Teaching Alliance

Teach First:

We believe every child deserves the right to a decent education.

The link between low family income and poor educational attainment is greater in the UK than in almost any other developed country. But poor educational attainment doesn’t just result in poor grades – it can mean a lifetime of unfulfilled potential and can even affect the lives of the generation that follows.

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Troops to Teachers:

The Troops to Teachers programme is about recruiting the very best former Service personnel (Service leavers) into teaching.

The skills and experiences you have gained during your time in the Armed Forces are invaluable, and our education system needs you to bring these to our schools. You could have the potential to become an outstanding teacher.

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