Course Length
1 Year

Start Date
September 2023

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 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 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 KS1 training placement
  • February to July in a Foundation Stage training placement

Trainees benefit from enhancement placements in diverse schools and in a 0-3 setting.


Trainees are assessed in an ongoing formative manner in a number of ways and summatively at the end of the period of training.

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

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

E McKeown

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.