Course Length
1 Year

Start Date
September 2022

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.



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 February in a KS2 training placement
  • March to July in a KS1 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).


Trainees are assessed in an ongoing formative manner in a number of ways including:

  • Regular formative Teaching and Learning Reviews;
  • Milestone and Progress Reviews at the conclusion of each training period;
  • Successful completion of compulsary Safeguarding and Mental Health Awareness modules.

North West SCITT Delivery Team

Mark Millar
Head of Woodland Primary School, NW SCITT Accrediting Officer

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

Vicky Byrne
Link Tutor and Early Career Teacher Lead (via Embrace TS Hub)

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 ECM Lead & 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

Case Studies

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Katie Nolan - 2021/22 Trainee

I am currently training with NW SCITT on the Primary programme and am happy to recommend this course to anyone who wants to train to teach. NW SCITT valued my degree in dance education as well as the 15 years of dance teaching experience I held and saw how there were many transferrable skills such as communication, creativity, resourcefulness, planning and organisation to bring to teaching.  The interview process is informal, the interviewers want to find your potential and about you as a human being, not try to trick you or make you feel ill at ease.  Following my interview, I secured a job at one of the partner schools and that gave me an excellent platform to prepare for teaching.  As a result of this experience as a TA, my transition to the SCITT programme in September was smooth and although I am only 8 weeks into the programme, ongoing mentoring from my class teacher Lucy (who is herself an ex SCITT student), support from my Head Teacher and coaching from Nina, my Link Tutor, is already making me believe that I can and will be a strong classroom teacher by June 2022.

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Mark Holmes - 2020/21 Trainee

While my route into teaching is unusual, I know I have made the right career change for me and my family.  Having trained as a Solicitor and worked in an international law firm I had a desire to change my career direction and took the brave decision to train to teach.  Researching local providers of ITT, I chose NW SCITT because I was impressed by the employment success rate of the course as well as it being clear that NW SCITT would invest in me and my career, providing me with training from experts across the curriculum and two high quality training placements. I would encourage those of you who want to make a change in their career to take the plunge!  At the end of the course, I secured a teaching post in the SCITT Partner School St George's CofE and can safely say that NW SCITT provided the best possible training so that I have been able to hit the ground running.