Welcome to Barr Beacon SCITT. We are an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with a thriving partnership of secondary and primary schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We aim to develop the very best classroom practitioners who will go on to inspire, influence and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. This aim underpins everything about our training programme and we're incredibly proud of what we do.

Our aim is to develop teachers who are:

  • skilled and inspirational specialists;
  • confident and reflective practitioners;
  • effective communicators who can work in partnership;
  • informed intellectuals who promote a real love of learning;
  • resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct.

At Barr Beacon SCITT we know what it takes to make a great teacher. We offer a well-established training, mentoring and professional development programme which leads to recommendation for QTS and a PGCE with the opportunity to gain up to 60 masters credits.

Secondary Training

Barr Beacon SCITT offers a full time secondary training programme on our 11-16 courses in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, French, German, Spanish, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education and our 14-19 courses in Psychology and Business Studies.

As a secondary trainee teacher with Barr Beacon SCITT, you will experience a main and contrasting placement school, you will visit a primary school, you will take part in our carousel weeks visiting many schools in our partnership for specialised training and you will benefit from our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum. The University of Worcester deliver the PGCE sessions on site at Barr Beacon SCITT throughout the year enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.

Primary Training

Our primary SCITT programme is run in partnership with Ryders Hayes Teaching School. We offer a Primary SCITT programme in the age ranges 3-7 and 5-11 with both full time and part-time courses available.

As a trainee you will experience a main and contrasting placement school, you will visit a secondary school, you will receive bespoke training opportunities that are tailored to your individual needs and you will benefit from our up-to-date and detailed training curriculum. Birmingham City University delivers the PGCE sessions on-site at Ryders Hayes Teaching School enabling you to gain a PGCE with up to 60 masters credits.

Grow Our Own

We are passionate about recruiting the best teachers who want to make a real difference to children’s life chances. We pride ourselves on ‘growing our own’ and this is shown by our superb employment rates. Over the last three years, 100% of our trainees gained a position working in education. We’re really proud of the fact that the vast majority of trainees who train with us stay with us and join schools within our partnership or the local area.


On the successful completion of our secondary training programme, you will:


Be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Barr Beacon SCITT.


Have had the opportunity to gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Worcester. If you want to find out more about the University of Worcester click HERE.

60 Masters Credits

Gain up to 60 Masters credits from assignments with the University of Worcester that demonstrate Masters level study and progression to a higher degree qualification (subject to satisfying the assessment criteria set out by the University of Worcester).

We're Ofsted Outstanding!

Read our lastest Ofsted report here.

Meet the Team

We're with you from initial enquiry through to your graduation ceremony and beyond!


Michael Eszrenyi


Michael's role is to oversee the overall SCITT partnership and the quality assurance of the partnership.


Kim Wozniak

Course Manager

Kim's role is to oversee the day-to-day management of the programme.


Laura Smith


Laura is on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure the smooth running of the programme on a daily basis.


As a SCITT trainee you will have access to our iCentre facility based at Barr Beacon School, which houses computer suites, meeting areas and our library facilities. We have an extensive selection of teacher training textbooks and subject specific literature to support you through your studies. We are also very proud of our new-build at Barr Beacon School which is the hub of the SCITT and contains our teacher training conference rooms and training suites.