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Recruitment update

Applications for 2021/22 are now open. Please contact with any questions and queries.

GITEP staff are still working remotely for much of the time. If you need to contact a member of the team please email We will aim to communicate mainly via e-mail but if you do require a phone conversation please confirm your contact telephone number and the relevant team member will call you back.

Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership

Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP) SCITT is a highly successful school centred initial teacher training provider, recognised as one of the best in the country. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2015/16, GITEP was ranked among the top 10 secondary providers nationally in The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Our training is dominantly school based but we also believe strongly that our trainees should have the time to develop subject expertise and an understanding of theoretical aspects of education. Professional studies weeks throughout the year, with lectures and workshops led by expert speakers, support the training in schools.

GITEP works in partnership with the University of Bristol to offer the academic PGCE. Although all our centre-based training takes place in Cheltenham our trainees have full access to the University of Bristol library and are registered students of the University as well as GITEP. GITEP and the University both focus solely on secondary teacher training and share a commitment to developing outstanding subject expertise. Trainees from our partnership schools meet as subject groups every Thursday with subject leaders who are also serving teachers.

We are a relatively large SCITT, with around 80 trainees and 40 partner schools – “the richest possible mix of different settings” according to Ofsted. This enables us to offer a full range of training opportunities. We pride ourselves in knowing all our trainees individually and providing outstanding support. Our trainees “really enjoy teaching” (Ofsted) and last year over 70% found employment in partnership schools.


Train to Teach Online Q&A Sessions

New dates for February are here! We can’t run our usual Teacher Taster Days at the moment but we’re still recruiting people to train to teach in the next academic…

Train to Teach Oxford virtual event

22 February 2021 at 17:00 – 19:00 in Oxford at the Online event portal This virtual Train to Teach event will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching…

We are really looking forward to being able to welcome everyone back to school during week commencing Monday 8 March!

Read about the logistics:

#BacktoSchool #Cirencester #DeerParkSchool

Doom and gloom again from those least in touch with the youngsters of today. We are all excited to go back, let’s focus on that and get on with the job at hand rather than making all these grand assumptions! To do so does such a disservice to this generation! Pack it in!

Geoff Barton@RealGeoffBarton

"I'm really sorry for this generation of young people - fate has dealt them a terrible hand," says former HMCI Michael Wilshaw on @c4news. Me - I think that's a defeatist view. Now's our chance to do our best for them, then build a fairer education system: