Initial Teacher Training

Train To Teach

Teacher Training opportunities 2023-24

Harris Crystal Palace Teaching School Hub is a Lead Partner for the National Institute of Teaching training provider offering early years, primary and secondary training routes across the southeast. Applications for teacher training (starting in September 2024) are now open.

We are proud to work in collaboration with Sutton SCITT and Inspiring Future Teachers to cover Sutton and Epsom and Ewell.

Getting into teaching & how to apply

A good place to start for general information on becoming a teacher is the DfE Get into Teaching website. This offers general information, from how to set up a school experience visits, to seeing what primary/secondary school life is like, to checking if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a teacher training course, to how to apply for a place on a teacher training course. There is also a step-by-step guide to the process, from thinking about training to teach through to application.

If you prefer to speak directly to local teacher training providers for more information, you might be interested in the Department for Education’s virtual Train to Teach events. There are a range of events hosted from around the country that will showcase local providers in your area and you will be able to book a slot to speak to the providers that you are interested in.

You can search for local train to teach information events here:

The DfE also offers a useful tailored advice service which provides you with personalised advice from a team of telephone agents who can talk you through training options, the application process and your next steps. You can register for this here.

Visit and volunteer in schools

To help you decide if teaching is right for you, and to support your application, you should do some observation, work or volunteering in schools. If you are not sure which age or subject would suit you, contact schools in your area and ask to observe in a classroom. You should also speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching and ensure you understand both the nature and demands of the job. This will not only help you make your decision but will ensure you are stronger in the interview process.

Find out more about each provider here:

Train to Teach in Croydon

The NIoT’s Initial Teacher Training is a fully immersive school-centred programme – aspiring teachers will be in the classroom from the very start. But full immersion does not mean that you will be thrown in the deep end: our trainees are mentored and have central training once a week. And you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are participating in a programme that was designed by some of the most experienced teachers and leaders in the country, drawn from four leading school trusts with decades of teacher-training between them.

We also know from experience what headteachers look for in new teachers – so we will ensure that you develop the skills necessary for finding an Early Career Teacher role. All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and 60 Master’s Level credits.

Benefits of this programme include:

  • Fully immersive: NIoT trainees are given 39 weeks of professional learning and teaching practice in a placement school.
  • Learning applied quickly: You'll learn something on a Thursday (at Core Training) and apply it the next day.
  • Fully supported: We care about the wellbeing of our trainees. So you'll have mentors who know you well, support your progress and cheer your successes.
  • Advice on tap: Trainees who have concerns about any area of teaching – from classroom behaviour to workload management – are offered detailed support and guidance either locally or nationally.
  • Spiral curriculum: Our curriculum is deliberately structured in order to reinforce previous learning. Your classroom practice will become more sophisticated as their knowledge builds.
  • Research-informed: Our researchers are continually examining what works best in teacher training and using these insights to shape the programmes we offer.
  • National cohort: You will belong to a network of like-minded individuals across the country.


At the NIoT, we believe that readily available, empathetic support is vital to ensuring that our trainee teachers have a successful training year. The support package we offer includes:

  • A multi-layered school support network, designed to help protect your physical and mental health and your wellbeing
  • Personalised support with any specific areas of the programme that might be concerning you, such as behaviour management, workload or academic writing etc.
  • An NIoT support network, including professional tutors, regional welfare officers, subject leads and peer discussion groups customised to your cohort
  • Tailored support for neurodiverse trainees
  • Dedicated support for trainees who are registered disabled.

Time Commitment

Full-time option:

  • Five days per week (four days in school, one day at a campus).

Part time: 

Four days per week, with the course finishing at the end of the autumn term of year two. All academic work would be completed during year one. Training day (Thursday) not negotiable.

  • Three days per week, with the course finishing at Easter of year two. All academic work would be completed during year one. Training day (Thursday) not negotiable.

NIoT works in partnership with the University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham is the validating university and has responsibility for awarding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) element of the programme you will not need to travel to Birmingham to complete this element you will have access to the necessary resources.

We are an institution dedicated to training teachers and school leaders at every stage of their careers – from trainee through to executive leader. We'll be by your side throughout your career.

Course Options:

There are many different funded routes into teaching. You can find out more here:

Primary (3-7) (fee paying: Z492)

Primary (5-11) (fee paying: 28P6)

 Primary with mathematics (3-7) (fee paying: E792)

Primary with mathematics (5-11) (fee paying: 3F2F)

Biology (fee paying: 2KGW or salaried: 2KGD)

Chemistry (fee paying: 2KGZ or salaried: 2KGY)

Computing (fee paying: 2T3F or salaried: 2T3G)

Design and technology (fee paying: 2KG7)

English (fee paying: 2KG2)

Geography (fee paying: 2KH8)

History (fee paying: 2KH6)

Languages - French: (fee paying: 2B66 or salaried: 2B64)

Languages - Spanish: (fee paying: 2B66 or salaried: 2B64)

Mathematics: (fee paying: 2B67 or salaried: 2B68)

Physics: (fee paying: 2KH3 or salaried: 2KH2)

Art and Design (Fee-paying: F198) PE (Fee-paying: 2VHD)

The National Institute of Teaching


Train to Teach in Sutton

Sutton SCITT An ‘Oustanding local provider with a National reputation. The Willow Learning Trust was accredited as a SCITT in June 2014 and has since developed a highly successful Initial Teacher Training Programme which has trained over two hundred primary and secondary teachers Sutton SCITT has an excellent reputation and has been judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in both its inspections in 2017 and 2021.

Our SCITT programme provides high quality training for future teachers. The partnership is committed to training reflective practitioners that will be able to work both locally, nationally and internationally. The training is led by outstanding practitioners from our partnership who have a wealth of experience in their subject pedagogy. We endeavour to train our teachers so they have the necessary knowledge and skills to equip them for a lifelong career in education.

 We are proud of the support our trainees receive and keep in touch after they complete the course. We have a strong alumni of teachers who have progressed successfully in their careers. To find out more about our provision, please look at our course details, read our testimonials or get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Your succcess

We have a track record in supporting our trainees to succeed through what is a very challenging year. As a small provider, we pride ourselves on the individual and personalised support we give all our trainees in order to ensure they succeed.

Your career

In addition to most trainees taking up teaching posts in our schools, the SCITT is part of a successful Alliance which offers training from beginner teacher to senior leader. Many of our previous trainees now hold promoted posts in their schools and have gone on to mentor trainees for the SCITT.

Programmes we offer

The primary programme offers a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (5-11 year olds) programme with successful applicants working two of our partner schools across both key stages.  In addition, there are also opportunities to gain experience within early years settings (Nursery and Reception), specialist provision and secondary education.

The secondary route offers first class training across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (11-16 year olds). Successful applicants will work in at least two of our participating schools in both key stages. There will also be an opportunity to experience post 16 provision, special school, PRU and a primary school. The subjects on offer are:

Art and Design







Design Technology






Physical Education with EBACC


To find out more information and contact us visit:

Sutton SCITT

Train to Teach in Epsom and Ewell

GLF Schools' Teacher Training is an alliance of highly successful schools in Surrey and beyond. We have a very strong history of providing exceptional Initial Teacher Training since 2013, with high employment rates within our partnership schools.

Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT) has been created through a partnership of multi-academy trusts, Teaching School Hubs, Curriculum Hubs, Research Schools and existing SCITT providers with many years of experience in leading Initial Teacher Training in their local areas. We offer all the benefits of being part of a large national programme whilst at the same time providing locally delivered school-based training in either a primary or a secondary school.

Training and recruiting teachers through our programme allows our partnership of schools to "grow their own" and aims to offer successful candidates a long-term career pathway that goes well beyond Initial Teacher Training.

All of our placement schools have significant experience in delivering Initial Teacher Training and are able to provide trainees with a consistently high-quality settings throughout your training programme. More information about our wide partnership of schools can be found here. GLF trainees will have the choice between attending weekly centre-based sessions in either the Guildford area or the Epsom/North Surrey area.

There are often opportunities for successful trainees to go on and work within their host school, or group of schools, following a successful training year, subject to schools' recruitment and selection processes.

For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team

Areas we cover: Surrey, Wokingham, Hampshire, West Sussex, London

Programmes on offer:

Primary 3-7

Primary 5-11

Secondary 11-16

Secondary 14-19

All secondary subjects offered

 Inspiring Future Teachers

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