Course Length
1 Year

Start Date
September 2023

This is a one-year, full-time course, specialising in teaching across the 5-11 age range with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon successful completion.

Throughout the 37 weeks of school-based learning, trainees gain practical teaching experience across two age phases within at least two contrasting schools who are part of our ITT partnership.

Trainees work alongside and are supported by class mentors, key stage, subject and school leaders who equip them for future leadership roles and challenge them to become highly effective, fully qualified teachers.

Additionally, you will undertake Postgraduate Certificate in Education with our partners at Cumbria University, via their online learning modules.



Trainees attend regular centre based learning conferences 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 which span the academic year 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 January in a KS2 training placement
  • February to July in a KS1 training placement

Trainees may benefit from enhancement placements in KS3 and other diverse settings.


Trainees are assessed in an ongoing formative manner and summatively at the end of the programme. 

North West SCITT Delivery Team

Mark Millar
Head of Woodland Primary School, NW SCITT Accounting Officer, Safeguarding Lead

Ailsa Anderton
Advertising and Information Coordinator, Programme Administration & First Aid

Vicky Byrne
Link Tutor, Early Years Pathway & Early Career Teacher Mentor

Dawn Davies
Programme Lead, MHWB Lead, Mentor Lead, Access and Inclusion Lead & Link Tutor

Debbie Fanning
Compliance and Finance Manager, Programme Administrator & First Aid

Laura Hickson
Additional Support and EMC Lead, SEND Pathway & Link Tutor

Nina McLoughlin
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

Stuart Brown (Elm Tree SEMH School)
Behaviour Management Training

Shelley Dunn (St Richard's Primary School)
Special Education Needs Training

Ian Dickson (Mayfield Special School)
Special Education Needs Training


Case Studies


Gabriella Baronello - 2021/22 Trainee

I've been working with children with for nearly ten years before finding NW SCITT. I wanted an efficient route into teaching as I was not completely new to it. From the start, the lovely Deborah Fanning was friendly and helpful at signposting credentials I needed to be suitable for the course. The team were also amazing at supporting my particular needs for the course, whereas I found other courses less willing to do so. To say I have loved my training is an understatement. I had no idea how much could be crammed in, in such a short period of time. The subject knowledge training is incredibly thorough and provides lots of resources that can be used and referred to throughout your teaching career. The things I've learned so far have already made a huge positive impact on my practice. I am also undertaking the PGCE with the university of Cumbria- which I highly recommend. As I want to teach in Scotland and possibly in Europe, it is an essential qualification to have and I find it academically underpins the work being undertaken at NW SCITT. It is an incredibly demanding course but if you're organised and get stuck in, you'd be pushed to find a better course.

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Sarah May - 2020/21 Trainee

Holding a degree in Psychology I spent a number of years in the education/schools sector with jobs including a mainstream teaching assistant, 1-1 learning support assistant and a teaching assistant in a special educational needs school. In the midst of the national pandemic, I made the decision to train to teach!  Choosing NW SCITT was easy because of its fantastic reputation. You are treated as an individual by supportive staff who challenge you to be the best you can be and I have never looked back since choosing to train with NW SCITT.  I trained in 2 superb schools; Woodland Primary and Tarleton Holy Trinity, both of which gave me a contrasting training experience, yet both taught me to focus on the child first and foremost. I was delighted to secure my first teaching post at Freshfield Primary School and love teaching in my own Year 2 class with fantastic children and staff!