The Manchester Nexus SCITT has developed through the Northern Teaching School Alliance with the Outstanding Blue Coat School as the Lead School. The Cranmer Education Trust is the Accredited Provider for ITE and has established a quality assured training model for ITE for Primary and Secondary phases. All the schools within Manchester Nexus have extensive experience in ITE and are active in school-led system improvement.

The Cranmer Education Trust began recruiting to School Direct in 2012 and has seen the impact that ‘growing our own’ has had on the Alliance of schools and the progress of our students. This is reflected in both the quality of appointments in our schools and the impact on the professional development of all our staff (teaching and non-teaching) in establishing a quality-assured model for ITE. Teaching staff and leaders across the partnership of schools have been directly involved in developing bespoke training programmes, systems and processes for ITE relevant to our contexts.  School-led ITE is now the preferred method of teacher training across our partner schools because it allows us to directly recruit and train high quality candidates, and grow and retain future leaders across the workforce. Collective school involvement in school-led ITE has established close and meaningful working relationships across the partnership of schools. The schools have collaborated together to design training packages relevant to the demands of the education system today.

Establishing the Manchester Nexus SCITT has allowed us to build on these high quality collaborative strategies and make them an integral part of the SCITT offer.  For those that train with the SCITT there is the free offer of the NQT programme. Trainees that also stay employed in the partnership or locality will also  have the opportunity to engage with our RQT and Middle Leadership development opportunities.

What is a SCITT?

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 Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate certificate in education (PGCE).

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.


We are located in the North West, between Manchester and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. There is more to Oldham than you think…

Oldham has a wide variety of vibrant cultural events and unique traditions. Countryside escapes in the Peak District National Park and Oldham’s country parks offer a peaceful escape at the weekend while exciting activities and outdoor pursuits provide a welcome place to de-stress and explore your adventurous side.

Inspiring attractions like Gallery Oldham, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, historic canals and roman forts make Oldham a fantastic place to train, live and work. It’s also just a short hop over to Manchester, often dubbed the Capital of the North, where you an find some of the best shopping in the country, fantastic bars, restaurants and plenty of things to do. Oldham is rightfully known as a centre for further education and teacher training.

Why would you want to train anywhere else?



Allison Ash – Director of Teaching School – SCITT Director

I am Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for the strategic direction of Teaching School activities. This involves working with schools across the partnership to design training to support Initial Teacher Education to Continued Professional Development and Leadership Development.

As Director of SCITT I am responsible for the strategic development of SCITT provision.

Anna Nelson – ITE Lead (Secondary)

Managing the operational day-to-day running of the SCITT secondary programme.

I am a Specialist Leader in Education, Lead Practitioner and have been a teacher of English for 11 years. I am based at The Blue Coat School, Oldham, which is the lead school in The Northern Alliance, and has ties with schools in Oldham, Chadderton, Rochdale, Huddersfield and Stockport. I also act as a Professional Mentor at The Blue Coat School. I am responsible for delivering School Experience/Teacher Taster days, interviewing candidates and organising Central Training and the Professional Studies programme. I train Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors and am responsible for Quality Assurance across the partnership of schools.

Kat Henshall
Kat Henshall – ITE Lead (Secondary)

I am a Social Science teacher and have been at the Blue Coat School for the last six years.

Throughout this time I have gained experience of delivering training and mentoring with NQTs and trainee teachers, as well coaching staff in their practice as mentors.

My responsibilities as an ITE Lead are to deliver sessions from the Professional Studies programme to, and Central Training sessions to SCITT trainees. I also support in the quality assurance process across the partnership of schools.

Elizabeth Phillips – Head of Marketing, Communications and SCITT Recruitment

I provide operational leadership and management for the Manchester Nexus SCITT, particularly focusing on its marketing, growth, and communications.

Prior to working at Manchester Nexus SCITT I worked as Programme Manager at a national education trust, overseeing and facilitating national CPD programmes and specialising in innovative pedagogy from around the world. Before that, I was a SLT member working for the Greater Manchester Challenge providing school-to- school support in secondary English.

Having trained on a school based route myself in Oldham, I am excited to be returning to my passion for delivering high quality Initial Teacher Education in my local area.

Andrea Daubney – Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning – Associate SCITT Director

I am Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for CPD and Professional Learning at Hollingworth Academy. This involves responsibility for staff training and development at all levels from Initial Teacher Training to Continued Professional Development and Leadership Development.

Previously I have worked in School Improvement for a local authority and am and SLE for CPD and Professional Learning with the Northern Alliance. I am responsible for the quality assurance of our SCITT provision.

Beverley Harper – Finance Officer

I am Principal Finance Officer of the Cranmer Education Trust Multi Academy Trust and have been the Business Manager responsible for the finances of the Teaching School and ITE for 3 years.

I am a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser with 30 years experience in the accountancy profession having moved to the education sector 3 years ago.

Cheryl Haigh – Deputy Head Teacher – ITE Lead (Primary)

I manage the operational day-to- day running of the SCITT primary programme.

I am the Deputy Headteacher of a Church of England Primary School and also the ITE Lead for Primary for the Manchester Nexus SCITT. I work in partnership with other primary schools to ensure we offer the best possible training opportunities for our students.

I have been teaching for 16 years and have had experience in teaching children in key stage one and two. Throughout my teaching career I have led on most curriculum areas including assessment and Special Educational Needs. I have also successfully mentored and coached a number of students through ITE.

Lindsey Howard – SCITT HR Administrator

Prior to working at The Blue Coat School, I was Club & Company Secretary at FC United of Manchester

I performed this role for 10 years and watched the club grow and build its own ground. During my time at the club I studied for a CIPD level 3 in Human Resource Practice which started my pathway into HR.


Manchester Nexus SCITT works with a wide range of partner schools across the region, offering our trainees some of the best and most varied school experience on offer.


Blue Coat School, Oldham . Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale . King James’s School, Huddersfield .  Royton and Crompton, Oldham . Marple Hall School, Stockport
Hathershaw School, Oldham . Oldham Academy North, Oldham . Saddleworth School, Oldham . Wardle Academy, Rochdale
North Chadderton School, Oldham . Crompton House School, Oldham


Christ Church of England School, Oldham . Hodge Clough Primary, Oldham . St Hilda’s Primary, Oldham . Mayfield Primary, Oldham
East Crompton St. George’s Primary, Oldham . Werneth Primary School, Oldham . St James’ Primary School, Rochdale

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Oldham Sixth Form College

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Blue Coat School, Oldham: 53.546079, -2.108027
Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale: 53.609251, -2.102807
King James School, Huddersfield: 53.630260, -1.741747
Marple Hall School, Stockport: 53.398176, -2.088330
Hathershaw School, Oldham: 53.522473, -2.111878
Oldham Academy North, Oldham: 53.544917, -2.120536
Saddleworth School, Oldham: 53.551839, -2.003569
Wardle Academy, Rochdale: 53.641995, -2.127878
North Chadderton School, Oldham: 53.555849, -2.152325
Crompton House School, Oldham: 53.581627, -2.109512
Christ Church of England School, Oldham: 53.537788, -2.145838
Hodge Clough Primary, Oldham: 53.562301, -2.077335
St Hilda’s Primary, Oldham: 53.548413, -2.121470
Mayfield Primary, Oldham: 53.551257, -2.093461
East Crompton St. George’s Primary, Oldham: 53.584490, -2.085586
Werneth Primary School, Oldham: 53.532536, -2.121917
St James’ Primary School, Rochdale: 53.648378, -2.131863
Oldham Sixth Form College: 53.538647, -2.118547
Royton and Crompton, Oldham: 53.546079, -2.108027
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