Cambridge Training Schools Network (CTSN SCITT), incorporating Essex Primary SCITT

The Cambridge Training Schools Network, CTSN SCITT offers school-centred initial teacher training, working with partner schools across the region but primarily in Essex, Cambridgeshire, and West Suffolk. We are excited to be incorporating Essex Primary SCITT into our provision this year.

There are several advantages to school centred initial teacher training with CTSN SCITT. 

Firstly, all the tutors on the course are expert teachers, who still teach in school. They know what it is like in the classroom and are up-to-date with the latest developments in schools, and with learning and teaching.  Also, a school-centred course will maximise the time you spend in school, spending four days a week in school from the very beginning of the course, and throughout your training year. We are committed to ensuring that we offer a range of routes from our Early Years provision to our Primary and Secondary course routes. CTSN SCITT offers fee-funded, employment-based and flexible routes. Your course and PGCE tutors will support you throughout the course and ensure that your training is fully personalised to meet your needs. In Secondary routes you will also receive a subject specialist tutor to support your ongoing subject knowledge development.

Whilst this ensures the practical relevance of your training, we are also very aware of the need for teachers to continually update their professional knowledge. Research and development are another one of the core benefits of training with CTSN. All our training is based on research into education and learning, and we expect our trainees developing classroom practice will be similarly research-engaged. Our training will encourage you to make the link between research, professional literature, and your own developing practice. Your core training sessions will include both theoretical models and practical modelling of effective learning and teaching strategies.  

We are proud that Ofsted recognised that our 'outstanding leadership and management' results in our primary and secondary trainees receiving a 'good quality of education and training'. The Ofsted report from March 2023 notes that our ‘trainees access a well-designed curriculum that supports them to develop the knowledge and skills to become effective, reflective and thoughtful teachers. Trainees and their trainers share a passion and commitment for learning. Trainees are well-prepared to become confident and highly competent teachers'. The inspectors recognised that our ‘trainees speak positively of the staff who work with them and hold their mentors in high esteem. They are given effective guidance and support to manage their workload’ and we ‘ensure that trainees place pupils’ learning and welfare at the heart of all they do’.

Areas covered

Essex, Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk, and South Norfolk

Core training in a range of venues across Essex, Cambridge, and Bury St Edmunds 


Early Years ITT

Primary 5-11 

Secondary 11-16 (in a range of subjects)

Secondary 14-19 (in some subjects) 


School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)


  • Full-time Fee Paying (primary& secondary); QTS + PCGE* 
  • Full-time Fee paying (primary only); QTS only
  • Part-time Fee paying (primary & secondary); QTS + PCGE* 
  • Part-time Fee paying (primary only); QTS only
  • Full-time employment-based routes (primary & secondary); QTS only 
  • Part-time employment-based routes (primary only); QTS only

* PGCE is accredited by Anglia Ruskin University

All with CTSN SCITT as both the accredited & training provider

Click here for an explanation of the different routes into teaching