Perhaps the most common question we are asked at Train To Teach events is "What is the difference between..."
Let's start at the top level...
All schools involved with PGCE, School Direct or SCITT must have a 'Provider'.Only a Provider has the authority to confer QTS on an ITT trainee. SCITTs and Universities are the two types of provider.
Core & School Direct Places
Both SCITTs and Universities offer their own ITT 'Core' places, but may also offer School Direct* places.
SCITTs and universities act as Providers for Lead Schools (Often Teaching Schools) who wish to offer School Direct places.
Core places = All SCITTs and universities have an allocation of ITT training places. These places are referred to as core.
* School Direct = Schools, SCITTs and universities can all offer School Direct places. Typically these are where a school or partnership of schools feel it will need teachers in that phase or subject area, and are looking to growth their own teachers. School Direct schools and providers make a commitment to support, as far as possible, trainees in finding a post after training.