From the start through to applying to your first job, we are here to support your teaching training journey.

We understand how important it is that you get support while you train to be a modern languages teacher – as well as during the application process. From the moment you join us, you will be supported by an experienced and friendly team, from the SCITT Director and lead teachers to the admin personnel and school-based mentors.

Before you apply

Our dedicated and experienced team will:

  • Guide you through the necessary paperwork.
  • Check your qualifications.
  • Provide advice on fees and funding.
  • Support you every step of the way.

It can seem daunting at first, but we have lots of experience of supporting trainee teachers as they take their first steps along their career path.

Working with our Hub partners, we can provide information about:

  • Accommodation.
  • Local transport options.
  • Other local facilities.

Even when you are considering applying to us, please do contact our team – as they can give you lots of information and advice about your application.

During the course

You start your course with:

  • Pre-course events in March and May.
  • A welcome event in June/July.
  • A 4-day familiarisation and induction course in August.

During this early induction period you will:

  • Be encouraged to get to know your peers.
  • Develop a close-knit family of fellow trainees.
  • Meet others who share a passion for teaching modern languages.
  • Develop your own support network of linguists.
  • Connect with others who face similar challenges.

You will also have the opportunity for:

  • Subject-specific training with your lead teacher.
  • Seminars with university lecturers.
  • Hands-on classroom experience.
  • Work experience in two of our partner schools.

Our experienced and caring leaders and staff will be able to help you with all aspects of the course and support you personally if the going gets tough.

During your placements

Within your placement school, you will have the support of each individual school’s Initial Teacher Training Coordinator, who will look after you whilst in school and who will ensure your in-school training programme meets your needs. You will also have a school-based Mentor who will meet with you formally once a week as well as support you throughout your time in school.

Applying for your first job

When it comes to applying for jobs, we will give you all the support you need with applications and interview techniques to help you secure your all-important first job within the modern languages teaching sector. We use our vast network of over 100 schools in England to help you secure your first teaching job.

Throughout your career

Our experience through our accredited teaching school hub means we can support you as a Early Career Teacher forming part of the Early Career Framework. This means we can provide specialist support and training to help you in your first years as a teacher.


Many of our hub lead schools can help with finding accommodation for our trainees in their local area. They have useful local contacts and networks and can help, particularly if you are relocating to their area. Our central team also provide support, e.g. providing confirmation letters for landlords or council tax.

The NML SCITT team

We have a dedicated team ready to support you throughout your application and your course.

Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, Director

German is my native language and, having successfully completed my MA in Interpreting and Translation in English, Spanish and Russian, I moved to University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, followed by a PGCE MFL Secondary in German and Spanish (University of Nottingham). I remained in England and my career as a language teacher began.

I have worked at Silverdale School since 2002 and became Head of German in 2004 progressing to become Head of Languages in 2007. I am enjoying making a contribution to teacher supply as the Director for the National Modern Languages SCITT.

Christophe Fico, Course Leader

I am a French national with over 20 years’ experience of teaching MFL in the northwest of England. I have taught a range of languages (French, Spanish and German) in both the state and independent sectors.

I have joined the NML SCITT from Bolton School Girls’ Division where I was the Head of French and the Bolton Hub NML SCITT Subject Lead. Previous to this post, I was a Senior Subject Teacher for MFL in a school based in Cheshire, where I also held a pastoral role. I am a Senior Examiner for a leading awarding body.

I am passionate about both languages and teaching, and love travelling and discovering new culture. A keen tennis player, I enjoy using my language skills on a tennis court by taking part in tournaments across the world (including Spain and Germany).

Louise Allsop, National Modern Languages (NML) SCITT Administrator

Over the past 10 years I have worked in a variety of roles and have developed my skills as an administrator. I take pride that I am a self-motivated and enthusiastic person who works well as part of a team and independently. I am here to help and will happily answer any questions or queries you may have about the course.



Sarah Fidler, South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Office Manager

I work for the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub which is the umbrella organisation that includes NML SCITT and the Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance (STTA).  I have an overview of everything related to the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub and I am here to help with any NML SCITT enquires.

Claire Clayton, South Yorkshire Teaching Hub, Finance Manager

Like Sarah, I also work for the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub. As Finance Manager my responsibilities are to provide efficient finance support to guarantee the smooth running of the hub including NML SCITT. I have made efficiencies to policies and procedures which have benefited the hub allowing the team to concentrate on operational business and supporting the trainees on the road to becoming a teacher.

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