Our teacher training centre is based in the heart of the South West in the historic city of Exeter. We work alongside our partner schools, course tutors and mentors to provide our trainees with all the skills, understanding and experience they need to become brilliant teachers ready to make their impact on the education of the next generation. Training teachers in both Secondary and Primary, with our School Direct Partners, allows us to offer a unique perspective on children’s development and progress. SWTT SCITT was formed in 1993 with the remit of providing high calibre teachers for Exeter and South West Schools. We pride ourselves in continuing with this challenge, but also with producing teachers who teach across the country. One of the great strengths of SWTT is our ability to personalise the QTS programme and provide one to one support and challenge for each of our trainees. active role within the programme.

This is a one-year full time course with training based entirely within a partnership of successful Exeter, Devon and other South West Schools. Our lead school is the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust who are proud to work in partnership with schools across Exeter and Devon to provide a truly school-centred route into teaching.

The major benefit of this route is that the Trainee Teacher has the opportunity, right from the start, to join an effective school as part of a professional team. This will involve the trainee in all aspects of a teacher’s role in school and ensure that the Trainee Teacher is well prepared to join the teaching profession.

Upon successful completion of the course the Trainee Teacher will receive their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the Department for Education (DfE) and either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6) or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7) (worth 60 Masters Credits) from Bath Spa University.


The SWTT School centred initial teacher training course focuses on:

   Basing a large portion of the course based in school, with educational theory integrated into the programme by the SWTT team.

   Learning from established practitioners in our partner schools who provide mentoring and coaching.

   Building up the Trainee’s teaching load, developing their skills at a pace managed in close consultation with their mentor.

   Developing resilience by immersing Trainees into school life and equipping them with strategies to manage workload.

   Supporting Trainees in school and out with mentors and course tutors who monitor their progress.

   Preparing Trainees to enter the profession fully ready as Newly Qualified Teachers.



For Primary trainees the training begins in your “Home School” where you will be based for most of the time - and here you will develop an understanding of how schools are organised and some of the challenges they face. We believe that becoming familiar with your school at the beginning of the year is a very positive way to introduce you to the exciting challenges in the months ahead! You will spend much more time in school than other trainees on conventional PGCE programmes.


SWTT’s Science course aims to support passionate scientists to become teachers able to share their love of the subject with future generations. You will discover how children learn and how to make the study of science relevant and enjoyable. SWTT has a long tradition of successfully training Science teachers; many of our former trainees teach and lead Science departments all over the South West.


Mathematics is a core subject and is a vital life skill for young people. Training in this shortage subject with SWTT will equip you with the skills to stretch and challenge the most able mathematicians, and support those who find the subject challenging.


This is the perfect time to become an English teacher. As digital developments redefine our concept of literacy, the English classroom is an exciting, creative and innovative place to be. This course will prepare you to: teach English Language and Literature at Key Stages 3-5 and build your subject knowledge, enabling you to deliver well- structured, engaging lessons.


Covering topics like game design, web design and programming, Computer Science is one of the most relevant and exciting subjects in schools, yet there is a shortage of teachers with the right skills and knowledge. SWTT is the perfect place to train to teach Computer Science and our trainees are in high-demand.


Design and Technology at SWTT focuses on developing specialisms in a number of areas, including Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles Technology as well as preparing Trainees for developments in this ever-changing field. Trainees will have access to first- class facilities at our lead school in Exeter.


With a strong focus on the practical, the MFL course offers the experience of bringing languages to life in the classroom. Covering the delivery of each of the four key skills, along with techniques to make lessons exciting, engaging and relevant, the course aims to develop excellent classroom practitioners.


This course prepares you to teach all aspects of Geography in Secondary School. You will learn how to develop and deliver high-quality Geography education that will inspire in your students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Good Geography teachers are always in high demand and SWTT provides the ideal opportunities to train.


Our PE course aims to develop effective teachers who will inspire the next generation to be physically active. Trainees will have a solid grounding in the concepts of healthy lifestyles, anatomy, performance and creativity interwoven with the relevant physical educational skills. PE trainees may be offered the opportunity to train in PE with an additional EBacc linked subject.

New 2018! SWTT is excited to offer a wider array of creative subjects including Music, Drama, Dance and Art. Our Partner School King Edward VI Community College in Totnes is home to SWTT’s Performing Arts ITT Hub, a network of schools keen to train the creative and performing arts teachers of the future. Please enquire to find out more.


  • Clyst Vale Community College
  • Coombeshead Academy
  • Eggbuckland Community College
  • Exmouth Community College
  • Honiton Community College
  • Isca Academy
  • King Edward VI Community College
  • Paignton Community and Sports Academy
  • Plymouth High School for Girls
  • Queen Elizabeth's School
  • St James' School
  • St Luke's Science and Sports College
  • St Peter's Church of England Aided School
  • Teign School
  • The Castle School (Taunton)
  • Tiverton High School
  • West Exe School