Teacher Training

We offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training through the Manchester Nexus SCITT

The programme enables schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) whilst working in partnership with HE ITT providers (in our case Liverpool Hope University).  It is a one year, full-time route into teaching, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE. You can earn up to £30,000 whilst you train to teach. For further information on the Manchester Nexus SCITT,the application process  and bursaries available,  follow this link.

School Experience Programme

We are registered for the School Experience Programme ( SEP ) with the Teaching Agency.

The SEP offers a school placement to those people who are considering teaching maths, physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography and modern foreign languages (MFL) at secondary level and hold a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 degree in that subject. The SEP is also available to those considering teaching these subjects and who are studying towards a degree in one of these subjects or a related subject and are currently in their final year. The duration of a School Experience Programme placement will vary from 1 day up to 10 days. If you want to teach in any subject not listed above or in the primary phase you are still more than welcome to attend our school experience days listed below.

Secondary School Experience Day (held at Blue Coat School, Oldham)

  • 16th March 2018

To book places on the School Experience Programme or for further information please contact the school via training@manchesternexus.com

Please read the below blogs below to give you an insight into the career in teaching.


Why teaching was for me. Michael Ashworth School Direct PE

Teaching never entered my mind whilst at university studying for a sport science degree until I experienced coaching young children first hand at the local athletics club. I thought this is something I could do for a career. Funnily enough both my mother and sister are teachers so this could have also had an impact

A week in ‘little’ school: By a ‘big’ school trainee

The school direct course offers a week in a primary school to better understand the academic and pastoral transition between the ‘big year 6’ students suddenly becoming the ‘little year 7s’. It is a good opportunity to observe the level of work that the students can complete and what they have learnt in depth. My placement was

Reflections on my first term: English School Direct

I can’t quite believe that my first term- and with that my first placement- as a School Direct trainee is over. It has flown, yet at the same time it feels as though I’ve been doing this all my life. From walking up the drive, suffering from first day nerves on the 1st September, to

The Journey of a Career Changer: Andrew Mkandwire, Computer Science

Having had a 12-year career in general management in mainly the leisure industry, I made the decision to change careers long before I decided to train to be a Computer Science teacher. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my previous work, it was not ultimately rewarding hence the decision to change career and enter teaching. I returned

Reflections on the first half term: Christopher Walker DT

How did I get into teaching in the first place? I want to make a difference to a person’s life, in whatever way I can. However, I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this, but it began with denial! I started asking myself things like “why would I want to do that?” I was convinced

Why School Direct was for me. Dr Josh Higginson: Chemistry

Embarking on a career in education was never going to be easy but I knew my choice was the correct one when I was welcomed into The Blue Coat School during my first visit. As I walked up the drive I was greeted by the beautiful historic building which was once part of the old

Managing difficult conversations with trainees: Anna Nelson : School Direct Lead

How to have a positive “difficult conversation”   If you are involved in Initial Teacher Training and you have not yet had one of these “difficult conversations”, then you’ll probably have one before too long. The topic of challenging conversations can range from speaking with a normally outstanding trainee about an unexpected below par lesson,

Approaching the end to begin again….

After spending twelve weeks at Wardle Academy, I am back at my main placement school to complete the last term as a School Direct trainee. Having the opportunity to train at two Northern Alliance schools has meant that I have taught a wide range of students with varying degrees of ability and learning needs. The

Reflections on my second placement

As part of the Secondary School Direct course, all trainee teachers are required to complete some of their training at another secondary school within the Northern Alliance.  Naturally, I was a little nervous to teach and build up my presence all over again in a different school. But my desire and passion for working with

A Week in the Unknown: Reflections from a Primary School Direct trainee’s placement in a secondary school

Emma Shaw is a Primary School Direct trainee with the Northern Alliance. Her two training placements are with Christ Church in Chadderton and St Hilda’s in Oldham When told we would have a cross-phase secondary school week as part of our Primary Schools Direct Programme, I thought it would be a good opportunity to see