Teacher Training


Are you looking to become a teacher? Would you like to train at St Stephen's or at another Tandridge school?

Train to Teach in a Surrey Primary School

Surrey South Farnham SCITT Partnership


Ofsted: An outstanding provider (March 2014)

“Training of the highest quality which enables trainees to put the theory they learn into practice in the classroom”


Why train with us

We are part of the Surrey South Farnham SCITT (SSF), an outstanding Surrey wide primary ITT partnership at the forefront of school based training in the county.  We work closely with a group of partner schools in Surrey as part of SSF’s mission to lead the training of high calibre recruits to become good and outstanding members of the teaching profession in Surrey.  We have a history of almost 100% success, with over 50% achieving an outstanding grade year on year.

Historic employment rates are almost 100% and there is certainty of employment at the end of the programme, either locally in a Farnham area school or within the partnership.  Many of our outstanding trainees are now in senior management roles in Surrey schools, frequently leading the training of today’s recruits.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for honours graduates, preferably holding a first or upper second class degree, with GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

We will also be keen to appoint career changing candidates onto our School Direct (salaried) programme.  We are keen to receive expressions of interest from anyone with at least 3 years of experience in other work who wishes to consider training to be a teacher.

Applicants, whether for fee-paying or salaried places must have at least two weeks school experience at the time of application or make a convincing case that such experience is planned. We are happy to help suitable, interested candidates gain classroom experience.

How we select

SSF works closely with schools in the area as part of Surrey South Farnham SCITT in order to co-ordinate the recruitment process.  Recruitment takes the following route:

  • SSF receives initial expressions of interest from individuals and organises school experience where relevant. We are happy to point anyone in the right direction if you contact the school first.

  • SSF receives a UCAS application and does first check on qualifications

  • A recruitment panel checks applications and draws up interview list

  • Interviewees attend for SSF competence testing in maths, English and general science

  • Interviewees attend SSF for panel presentations and interviews with SSF representation

  • Unconditional or conditional offers (awaiting degree class and/or Professional Skills Test) is given by SSF through UCAS


Fees and Funding

School Direct Training Programme – Tuition Fee

Fees for the 2015/16 programme are not yet confirmed, but will not be above £8,500 for the full programme leading to QTS

Tuition fee trainees are able to access the Student Loan Company www.slc.co.uk for a fee loan and for maintenance grants (family income dependant). 

Non-repayable bursaries are paid to tuition fee candidates by NCTL as follows (2014/15 – not confirmed for 2015/16):

First class degree - £9,000

Upper second class degree - £4,000

Lower second class degree – no bursary

School Direct Training Programme – Salaried

Fees for this programme are covered as part of the government grant to providers and we offer a training salary based on the unqualified teacher pay spine.

Employed trainees are unable to access further loans through the Student Loan Company and are not eligible for bursary payments.

Full Information

Full details of programme content and expectations can be obtained from the lead school’s website www.south-farnham.surrey.sch.uk , click into SSF SCITT

If you would like a conversation about School Direct teacher training you can contact the school directly or the SSF SCITT manager on ian.hollingsworth@babcockinternational.com.