This is a one year full-time course, specialising in teaching across the 3-7 age range with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon successful competion.
You will develop your knowledge of the National Statutory Frameworks of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Primary National Curriculum.
With the support of an expert Class Mentor you will develop your skills and competencies to teach across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
Additionally, you will undertake Postgraduate Certificate in Education with our partners at Cumbria University, via their online learning modules.
Trainees attend regular training seminars which are delivered by experts in their field. They also undertake considerable personal research with specific reference to their particular professional training placement.
Each trainee has a personalised Individual Training Plan which reflects their individual strengths and areas for development and we personalise our training to suit these needs.
Trainees complete two significant training placements in two contrasting schools, carefully selected with their professional training needs and future aspirations in mind. This allows them to gain long term teaching experience in each of the two identified key stages, preparing them as they begin to apply for teaching posts.
- September to mid-February in a KS1 training placement
- Mid-February to July in a Foundation Stage training placement
Trainees benefit from enhancement placements in diverse schools e.g. small rural schools or those in Harrow, London, where they gain teaching experience in classrooms with a high percentage of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).
Traineess are assessed in an ongoing formative manner in a number of ways including:
- Regular formative Teaching and Learning Reviews;
- Milestone Progress Reviews at the conclusion of each training period;
- Successful completion of compulsary Safeguarding and Mental Health Awareness modules.
North West SCITT Delivery Team
Head of Woodland Primary School, NW SCITT Accrediting Officer
Advertising and Information Coordinator, Programme Administration & First Aid
Link Tutor and Early Career Teacher Lead (via Embrace TS Hub)
Programme Lead, MHWB Lead, Mentor Lead, Access and Inclusion Lead & Link Tutor
Compliance and Finance Manager, programme Administrator & First Aid
Additional Support and ECM Lead & Link Tutor
School-Based Curriculum Experts Coordinator & Link Tutor
Mike Thompson (LPDS)
Centre Based Assessment Training
Lynsey Norris (LPDS)
Centre Based Mathematics Training
Rachael Webb (LPDS)
Centre Based Science Training
Steven Kenyon (LPDS)
Centre Based English Training
Emily McKeown - 2021/22 Trainee
Following my degree in Teaching, Learning and Child Development at Edge Hill University, I worked as a teaching assistant across years 1-4 at St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, who are a partner school to SCITT and gained a good insight into the realities of training to teach through a school-based route. I am now on the Primary with Early Years Specialist route, while studying for a PGCE with Cumbria University and during the induction period have completed training linked to Safeguarding, Phonics, Mathematics and feel classroom ready! I have enjoyed my experiences of learning about assessment through the SCITT training and learning a new Phonics scheme adopted by my placement 1 school. Due to my interest in early years, I am looking forward to my second period of training after the February half term and feel fortunate for the training I will receive from Lancashire Professional Development Service Early Years Team and am determined to apply that knowledge into my own early years classroom in the future. I have been lucky enough to make a lot of friends on this course even though it’s only been 2 months since I started. We are all so close already and are always there to help and support each other if needed.