Who We Are

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is an accredited provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Since 2013 we have trained hundreds of Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and provided fantastic teachers to Oxfordshire schools. In December 2017 we were graded Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted ITT inspection and we are so pleased to see that the report reflects our commitment, ethos and passion for education and improving young people’s lives.

We offer a wide range of high quality programmes across nursery, primary, special and secondary education, which suit applicants of all backgrounds and circumstances. Our programmes all lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – the professional qualification- and our Associate Teachers (trainees) also have the option to add a master’s level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to their programme.

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is based at The Cherwell School in Oxford, the Lead School in our outstanding ITT partnership, and this is where the majority of the Central Training sessions take place. We work with a diverse group of schools across Oxfordshire and beyond, and so we can draw upon the expertise of these great schools and great teachers to enhance our programmes and your training.

Increasingly we are known for our personalised and flexible approach, the quality and coherence of our programmes and the bespoke support that we offer to everyone that we work with. Working with a large group of schools means that we can find the very best placement schools for each individual and tailor the training to match. We are incredibly fortunate to have an exceptional SCITT Team who bring an array of invaluable skills and build an incredible network of support for each Associate Teacher we train.

As the ITT arm of the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA) we offer the first steps into your career as a great ECT and are committed to ensuring that you are well prepared and supported in order to be a really effective and fulfilled professional. The vast majority of our graduate Associate Teachers are still teaching in Oxfordshire and many are entering leadership and senior management positions in their schools, having followed OTSA’s school-led professional development programmes.


Our Partners

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is the Initial Teacher Training arm of The Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA). OTSA is one of the biggest and most successful teaching school networks in the country and so as someone who has started their career within OTSA, you will also be part of that network from day one and supported as you move through each stage. Schools in our partnership are incredibly keen on recruiting our Associate Teachers and so the vast majority of people who train with us gain employment locally in an OTSA school.

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is part of the River Learning Trust (RLT). The River Learning Trust is a multi-academy trust which comprises a growing number of primary and secondary schools, as well as the SCITT.

Partner Schools

Our dynamic and diverse partnership of schools covers the whole of Oxfordshire. We work with great schools across Oxfordshire and so are able to offer lots of flexibility in arranging appropriate placements in terms of geographical location, quality of support and contrasting experiences. We recognise that travelling significant distances to your placement school is not always possible or appropriate and so we work hard with our partnership schools to ensure that you have a manageable travel time and supportive school environment when you arrive.