About the course
SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training.
Training as part of a SCITT gives you the opportunity to learn 'on the job' as you work and train in schools. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and getting an immediate hands-on insight into what teaching involves.
The Manchester Nexus SCITT courses last one year. Trainees graduate with a Post Graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and QTS.
You'll receive lots of intensive support and training from experienced teachers and mentors right from the start, and throughout your course. The schools you're with won't ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you're ready.
School-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction as no other training route offers as much school based experience. You learn from current practicing teachers, in schools, so you develop skills and knowledge more quickly.
The programme is highly personalised from your first contact with us to taking up your first job, which is highly likely to be in a Manchester Nexus school. You will be based in a Manchester Nexus school from September where you will be trained and mentored by outstanding, specialist teachers in successful departments and Key Stages. Regular central training sessions bring you together with other trainees to learn from each other, share your insights and develop your professional skills. You will soon find yourself in classrooms, and with full support and thorough preparation, will share the responsibility for planning and teaching your own groups.
In addition to school- based training for Qualified Teacher Status, our trainees achieve a PGCE with Master's level credits. For this part of the programme you will be taught by tutors from Liverpool Hope University, and have full access to the university's learning and research resources.
The Blue Coat School is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process.
Shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to learn more about the programme and meet the colleagues who will be involved in their training.
On the selection day (full day) there will be a formal process which will consist of a panel interview, and an observed 20 minute session in which you will work with a class. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. You will also complete a short writing task.
How school placements work
We follow an A/B/A Model which gives trainees access to a contrasting experience for enough time to allow strong relationships to be developed between trainees and their mentors, and trainees and their pupils. Candidates will spend two full terms in school A and one full term in school B.
Placement schools are selected based on capacity within schools and on the level of contrast compared to homeschool placement.
Manchester Nexus currently partner with 12 schools, allowing for a well considered process when placing trainees and a strong relationship with partners.
Candidates teaching this subject will gain experience across the ages 11-16.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A GCSE pass at Grade C (or level 4) or higher in Maths and English for Secondary candidates.
Equivalency tests may be accepted in lieu of GCSE at the discretion of Manchester Nexus SCITT.
Trainees will be graduates with a 2.2 or above in their degree.
Applicants who have not yet graduated will be expected to provide evidence of their expected degree classification.
Overseas trained teachers will need to provide evidence that their qualifications allow them to teach in their own countries and that these qualifications are an equivalent level to UK qualifications (this information can be obtained from NARIC).
We are looking for high calibre, highly motivated graduates who want to share their love of learning and their subjects with bright, ambitious and engaging young people.
You should be able to show us that you have prepared for a career in teaching by gaining some experience of working with young people, either in paid employment or in a voluntary capacity. Most successful applicants have had some experience of helping or observing teachers in schools.
At interview, you will be required to verify your identity, preferably from a current photographic ID. A passport or driving licence and proof of address will be suitable. *There may occasionally be exceptional reasons where none is available on the day of interview. In this case please inform us ahead of time.
You will be required to obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check as you will be engaging in regulated activity, if successful in your application for a training place.
About the training provider
At Manchester Nexus an unequivocal focus on excellence characterises our work, ensuring that everything we do is firmly rooted in the values that drive us – hope for the future, personalised learning and social justice.
Our mission is to train teachers who will inspire, challenge and support all their pupils, both now and in the future. Nexus teachers are committed. They are skilful, creative specialists in their subjects and age ranges who continuously develop their practice and help others to do the same.
Our training fosters resilience with a balanced approach that recognises the importance of personal wellbeing amid the demands of this great profession. In our last training year 100% of our trainees rated their training as good or very good.
In practice our provision is very similar to School Direct. You learn on the job and spend the majority of your time in the school. We refer to it as School-Led: your training is led by the school, not a university. However, you still go to Liverpool Hope University for 12 Masters Days which will lead to your PGCE qualification.
95% of our trainees successfully completed the course in 2017-18 compared to the national average of 91%. 100% of our primary trainees and 70% of our secondary trainees were graded at good or outstanding.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Manchester Nexus consider trainee location when allocating placements. This will be an even stronger focus when trainees have a physical impairment or a condition that has an impact on travel.
We ensure that trainees are supported within the framework of their school setting, as well as during the training sessions delivered by Nexus and Liverpool Hope University.
This may involve making mentors aware of any adaptations required and quality assuring to ensure that these are in place. Trainees are given the opportunity to share any needs and to discuss how these can be met.
We do not have a one size fits all approach, meaning discussion and openness is encouraged in order to meet individual needs.
Manchester Nexus has links with Health Assured, a 24 hour helpline aiming to support trainees through any life issues or problems. Trainee wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us and we have time set aside to focus on how to maintain a positive mindset and how to keep a healthy work life balance.
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