The Application Process

Please be aware that the application deadline for all courses starting in September 2024 is Friday 14th June. On this date we will close all courses on the DfE apply system. This is due to needing sufficient time for applicants to complete enrolment and induction processes, and for us to arrange placement schools.

If you are hoping to apply for September 2024 entry, please ensure that you do so by Friday 14th June.

We will reopen for applications for September 2025 entry in October.


Applications to our School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses are submitted through Apply, the Department for Education’s ITT application service. You will be required to write a bit about yourself, your motivations for teaching and details about your qualifications and work experience. You are also required to include details for two referees, usually this would be your current/ recent employer and someone from your University if you have recently completed your degree.

Applications open in October but the cycle runs through until June, we hold Recruitment and Selection processes regularly throughout the school year, so most applicants will be able to hear an outcome from the application quickly.

We don’t advertise a specific number of places available for most subjects, in most cases we have a really good number of schools able to offer placements, so it shouldn’t matter if you need to wait to apply later on in the cycle. If you are very limited to where you are able to travel this might have an impact, we try to find suitable schools geographically for all our Associate Teachers but this isn’t always possible, particularly in subjects which are not taught in all schools or if you are limited to a particular part of the county where there are not many schools. If you have any concerns about this please get in touch, but don’t let it hold you back from applying! We will keep this page up to date with any courses which may be closed due to high numbers of applicants.

For details about each step of the recruitment process, please see our timeline below.

Please note that at OTT SCITT we take our responsibility for the safeguarding of children and young people seriously, all applications and references will be carefully screened and you may be asked for some further information to enable us to do this, such as full work history or additional references where there are gaps in your application. Successful applicants will all be subject to standard safer recruitment checks, including an enhanced DBS check, a barred list check, prohibition order and disqualification checks.  

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