Suffolk and Norfolk Teaching School Alliance

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) About Us

Primary East's Lead School, Stradbroke Primary, is working in partnership with SNITT in order to provide high quality teacher training which is locally available across North Suffolk and South Norfolk. Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training is a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider which offers a school-based route into teaching. You receive the best school experience, placements are in highest quality schools plus you receive a salary while you are training.

  • We offer supportive placements in small village schools.
  • Our trainees are supported by highly skilled mentors.
  • Our high performing schools offer the chance to observe outstanding teaching practice.
  • We aim to offer jobs to the majority of our trainees. 100% of trainees have so far secures NQT positions. Most trainees are graded Outstanding by the end of their training.
  • You will receive a salary while you are training to be a teacher.

School Direct Salaried, which we offer in partnership with SNITT, is an exciting and challenging Initial Teacher Training route which operates within the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk.  The programme attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession, including those seeking a career change.  Many, though not all, of those who train via this route already have significant school experience.
There are a number of specific reasons for choosing this particular route to train as a teacher:


  • Quality: The SDS leadership, rated outstanding by Ofsted, is committed to providing the highest standard of training in order to produce excellent new entrants to the teaching profession.
  • Central training: 'The high quality of the primary and secondary core training is a key strength of the provision' (Ofsted report, June 2013)
  • Costs: This ITT route offers you the unique opportunity to earn a salary as you train to teach.  There are no tuition fees.
  • 'Hands-on' Experience: As an SDS trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a strong partnership school and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers.  Former trainees identify the extensive school experience provided by our employment based training as a particular strength. Ofsted inspectors identified trainees' 'confidence and authority in the classroom' as a key strength (June 2013).
  • Outcomes: These have been consistently high over the past three years with 60% of trainees achieving a grade of 'outstanding' and close to 100% a grade of 'good' or better in 2013 and 2014.
  • Future Employment: Last year 100% of our primary trainees secured a post, many in the school where they were trained.
  • Additional Qualification: In partnership with University Campus Suffolk (UCS), we are able to offer the option of a PGCE and 60 Masters level credits at reasonable cost (currently £290-00).

School Direct Salaried (SDS) is an employment-based route into teaching supported by a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant.


You will spend four days each week working within your placement school and one day each week in central training (currently Thursday).  Within your placement school you will gain further classroom experience by gradually taking over responsibility for additional lessons in the course of the year under the supervision of an experienced teacher.  Your maximum timetable commitment in term three will be no greater than 13 hours per week. Your contract will be 0.7fte for 9.5 months and you will be paid at point one of the unqualified teacher scale.

Central training (one day per week):

Primary core and subject knowledge training takes place at Horringer Court Middle School (near Bury St Edmunds).

Main Placement Schools:

Suffolk & Norfolk SDS has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 high achieving schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.  You will apply for an SDS place through our Lead School Stradbroke Primary and you will normally be placed within a consortium school which is linked to this Lead School and which is within reasonable travelling time of your home address (we aim for this to be one of our Primary East associated schools).  In your application, you will have the opportunity to identify a specific school where you would like to undertake your training. You do not, however, have to have strong links with a school in order to apply.

  • Through a full programme of induction: you will receive five full days of induction in order to ensure that you are properly prepared for the work you will be undertaking within the classroom.
  • By your School Mentor:  You will have a weekly timetabled meeting with your mentor to set and monitor clear targets and action points.  You will be observed teaching at least once per week with written feedback on the SNITT lesson observation pro-forma.
  • By your SNITT Mentor:  You will be allocated a SNITT Mentor who will meet with you in June/July 2016 to conduct an individual needs assessment and who will then support you throughout your training.  You will receive at least six visits from your SNITT Mentor who will also provide guidance and support by telephone and e-mail.  
  • By core and subject knowledge trainers:  In our recent exit questionnaire, trainees rated the support they received through their Thursday training experience very highly.
  • Against the Teachers' Standards:  In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will be assessed against parts one and two of the Teachers' Standards including the eight separate standards which make up part one.  These eight standards cover a range of key professional competencies including curricular knowledge, lesson planning, behaviour management and assessment.
  • By key stage and subject:  All School Direct Salaried trainees are assessed across two consecutive key stages.
  • Through a process of continuous assessment:  Your School Mentor will use their lesson observations of your teaching and their meetings with you in order to track your progress on our Teachers' Standards Assessment Grid.  In the course of your training you will be supported in compiling a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the Teachers' Standards in full.
  • Your SNITT Mentor will work with your School Mentor in order to conduct formal assessments at three separate points in the year.
  • All of the available evidence will be considered at our 'Final Outcomes Meeting' in order to determine your end of year grading
  • You will be required to submit two written assignments in the course of the year.  Those who opt for PGCE/M level credits will need to submit one additional assignment of 3,000 words.

'Primary and secondary trainees are confident practitioners with authority and presence in the classroom. Their lively and engaging teaching promotes pupils' and students' good behaviour and attitudes to learning.'

'Trainees use a good range of teaching approaches to gain pupils' and students' interest and to develop their understanding and skills. They have good subject knowledge which they use well in planning lessons and learning activities. Their professional attitudes and behaviour, and enthusiasm for teaching, are highly regarded in their schools.'

'The provider and the teachers it supplies, are held in very high regard across the region'



  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Science Grade C or above (or equivalent)

You need to have the GCSE qualifications before you apply.


Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points)
If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Other requirements:

  • Professional Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them well before the start of the course.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.  The employing school will arrange this with the trainee. 

Recent school experience

All Suffolk and Norfolk ITT programmes will require potential trainees to have some recent school experience. Normally, they should have completed at least 10 working days in a UK school within the age range or phase for which they intend to train. 

  • Work experience requirements

To be eligible for primary SDS, candidates will need to have had three or more years of working life when applying. This experience may be in any career and does not have to be from an educational setting, but will often apply to the years following graduation. Schools will decide which skills and experience are important to them.

Candidates who:

  • Meet all of the entry requirements set out above
  • Have a passion for teaching and for working with children.
  • Have recent experience of working in or volunteering in a primary school
  • Can demonstrate insight into teaching and learning
  • Have begun to prepare themselves for a career in teaching (eg: through appropriate reading)
  • Have a good honours degree
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Demonstrate strong reflective and evaluative skills
  • Are resilient and show commitment to teaching as a career
  • Have strong supporting references
  • Have the potential to become good/outstanding primary school teachers


As a Lead School we will work together with SNITT in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a task day at Norwich PDC. We will also invite you to a Lead School Interview. In addition to a formal interview, you will be asked to undertake an observed task working with pupils. You may also be asked to attend a possible placement school for an informal interview / meeting.


Personal Statement:

Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a primary school teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching indicating what you have learned from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

ITT selection tasks:

These are designed to test:

  • Accuracy and clarity of your written English
  • Skills in mental arithmetic
  • Interactive skills
  • Decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Reflective and evaluative skills
  • Planning skills

Lead School Interview:

This will include a formal interview (30 minutes) conducted by senior staff within the school who may be joined by a SNITT representative. You will also be asked to teach a 'mini-lesson' to a group of pupils in order to assess your ability to relate well to primary school children, communicate well with them and structure their learning.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please contact:

Melanie Barrow, Executive Headteacher Stradbroke Primary (01379) 384415 email: 
Louise Clark Strategic Lead of Primary East email:

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