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 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 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 0-3 provision.


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 and Early Career Teaching 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

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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.

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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.