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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Teacher training opportunities

Trainee teachers of modern languages

National Modern Languages School Centred Initial Teacher Training (NML SCITT)

The NML SCITT programme is a one-year course incorporating a combination of academic training and placement in schools. It offers qualified teaching status (QTS) and a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE).

St Helen's is proud to be at the heart of the Abingdon NML SCITT Hub and we are currently looking for circa ten SCITT trainees for placements beginning in August 2021. Training will be delivered through two in-school placements in Abingdon and its environs. Typically one will be in a maintained school - our current partners include Larkmead, St Bartholomew’s, Aureus and The Piggott School - and the other placement will be in an independent school - our current partners include Radley College and Bradfield College.

Mr Cedric Ploix, first St Helen's NML SCITT trainee

Candidates should have a good honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in French, Spanish or German. A second language is an advantage and access to language enhancement courses may be available/encouraged for the right candidate. There are training opportunities in other languages at different geographical locations through the NML SCITT.

Further details can be found on the downloadable information sheet, with the application process fully explained at the National Modern Languages website.

Initial expressions of interest should be made to John Hunt, Director of Staff (

NML SCITT taster days

We will be hosting monthly taster days for candidates interested in applying to join the NML SCITT programme at the Abingdon Hub. They will run from 11.30am-1.30pm and will include a welcome by the hub leader, a short video of lesson observations and comments from past trainees, followed by two 30-minute Q&A panels with current trainees and mentors.

If you would like to register your interest and find out more, email with the subject line ‘taster day enquiry’. Please contact us a day in advance of the event. 

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