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 completion.
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
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, whre they gain teaching experience in classrooms with a high percentage of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).
Trainees 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
Kaitlin Johnson - 2020/21 Trainee
I grew up in Skelmersdale, went to school here and have a passion to give something back to my own local community. However, following my degree I wanted to travel and enjoyed my time in Spain involved in jobs including hosting children activities in holiday club. I knew one day I would want to return home and I began an MA in Child and Adolescent mental health and well-being and this was the perfect stepping-stone into training to teach. Aware of the local reputation of NW SCITT, I was delighted to be offered a place in my small cohort of 12 other trainee teachers following the Early Years Specialist route and although training in a year of national pandemic, learning quickly how to teach children remotely as well as in small groups in school was invaluable and exhilarating in equal measures. Securing my first teaching post at Hillside Primary was the icing on the cake and my Y1 children are a joy to teach and I am proud of every single one of them.
Anna Crompton - 2021/22 Trainee
Following my degree in Psychology, I worked as a Specialised Teaching Assistant in St John's Catholic Primary School in Skelmersdale and was encouraged by the Head Teacher to train to teach and doing so with their own SCITT programme made sense to me! I saw how past trainee teachers were trained, supported and challenged and witnessed first-hand their successes and believed that for me, training in school, across a whole school year would be the most beneficial way to gain the knowledge and skills to be an excellent teacher of the future. NW SCITT placed me in Churchtown Primary School and the warm welcome, supportive nature and guidance given by my mentors and SLT there are remarkable, given all that is going on in schools currently. I will work hard, listen to advice and feedback, be reflective, trust the system and know I will do well and simply cannot wait to be an inspiring early years teacher in the not too distant future.