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 experience in ITE and are active in school-led system improvement.

The Cranmer Education Trust began recruiting to School Direct since 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 with Manchester Nexus 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.

An immersive learning experience.

The Manchester Nexus SCITT course lasts for one year.

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

You will receive lots of intensive support and training from experienced teachers and mentors right from the start, and throughout your course. The schools you are with will not ask you to teach classes unsupported until you both think you are 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 practising 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 North Manchester than you think…

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Manchester is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and hotels whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike.

Furthermore, a packed calendar of world-class events and festivals – from the landmark Manchester International Festival to the enchanting Manchester Christmas Markets – mean there’s always another reason to visit Manchester.

North Manchester is rightfully known as a centre for further education and teacher training.

Why would you want to train anywhere else?


Allison Ash – Deputy Headteacher – SCITT Director

I am Deputy Head with the strategic responsibility for the SCITT and Curriculum at Blue Coat School. I work across the partnership of schools to support all aspects of Initial Teacher Education to Continued Professional and Leadership Development and oversee all aspects of quality and training.

Alison Moverley – Assistant Headteacher – Course Lead and Quality Assurance Lead for Manchester Nexus SCITT

I lead, manage and quality assure the training provision for Nexus trainee teachers across the 5 strands. I ensure our trainees enjoy a rich, relevant, professional, research-informed and practitioner-led programme which will develop them as informed, skilled and reflective practitioners.

I have been a languages teacher for the last 14 years, working in a variety of school across Greater Manchester. I have always been passionate about teacher training and quality provision. Since my own NQT year, I have worked with trainee teachers in a variety of roles. Prior to my time in education, I worked in industry, both in the UK and abroad.

Kat Henshall – Recruitment and Marketing Lead for Manchester Nexus

I have a degree in Criminology and a PGCE and QTS in teaching Social Sciences with Citizenship. Since being in the profession I have gained a Specialist Leader of Education Accreditation in ITE.

Throughout my seven years at Blue Coat I have gained experience of delivering training and mentoring with NQTs and trainee teachers, as well coaching staff in their practice as mentors.
I have previously held the position of ITE Lead for Manchester Nexus, which has involved delivering Professional Studies sessions to the cohort of trainees and delivering training to mentors from across providers. Historically I have also been professional mentor at Blue Coat and I have supported in the quality assurance process across the partnership of schools.

In my current role I oversee marketing and recruitment for our primary and secondary programme, including promoting, interviewing and keeping in touch with successful candidates. As well this I am a Social Science teacher, specialising in Psychology and Health and Social Care.

Lindsey Howard – SCITT 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.

In my current role of SCITT Administrator, I deal with recruitment requests, process applications and support the recruitment lead in managing the UCAS application process.

Cheryl Haigh – Deputy Head Teacher – ITE Lead (Primary)
I am the Deputy Headteacher at Christ Church Primary School and the Lead Professional Mentor for the Manchester Nexus SCITT. Within this role I support the quality assurance of ITT in the primary phase and I work with other primary partners to plan and deliver training sessions on pedagogy and subject knowledge across the curriculum.
Throughout my career I have worked with a number of primary schools, led a range of initiatives to enhance  educational provision across the borough and I have taught in all age groups across the key stage one and two.  Through  research and continuous professional development I have gained a vast amount of experience and expertise, which enables me to share good practice with colleagues and other professionals.
As a senior leader of a primary school I am responsible for the teaching, learning, progress and attainment of all pupils.  I also lead a pastoral team with the aim to address barriers to learning and support families within our school community.
Catherine Woodward – Trainee and NQT Link Tutor – Professional Mentor at The Blue Coat School

I have been working as a languages teacher for thirteen years and have gained experience mentoring, supporting and developing trainee teachers and NQTs. I have worked with universities, interviewing and recruiting new trainee teachers. At The Blue Coat School I have been a subject mentor in the MFL department. I am now the Professional Mentor at The Blue Coat School.

My current role is to support trainees from the point of offer on the course into their NQT year. I support the delivery of the Teaching School’s NQT programme and ensure all trainees get relevant support once they have secured a job. I also aim to offer guidance and direction in professional development and leadership provision as our trainees and NQTs progress throughout their teaching career.

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.

Adelle Greenwood – Quality Assurance Support Manchester Nexus (based at North Chadderton School)

I am the Director of Post-16 Education and Wider Partnerships at North Chadderton School which involves the leadership and management of all aspects of Key Stage 5 Education.  I am also the strategic lead at North Chadderton for all partnership working which includes providing Quality Assurance Support for Manchester Nexus.  I have an SLE accreditation in ITE, meaning I am able to work closely with the partnership secondary schools to ensure we offer the very best training opportunities for our students.

During my professional career, I have gained a wealth of experience of working closely with trainee teachers, NQTs and RQTs. I currently lead and oversee the programme of continued professional development for all new staff, ITTs, NQTs and RQTs at North Chadderton School.

Tracey Thornton – Quality Assurance Support, Manchester Nexus (based at Focus Trust)

Academy Improvement Partner Focus Trust

I have a BED Honours degree in History and Education. Since qualifying I have had an extensive career in primary education working in several local authorities in a range of roles. I have undertaken a range of CPD opportunities including gaining NPQH.

I have had a variety of leadership roles including being a headteacher of several primary schools and relished the high and lows of such roles. My passions are mental health and wellbeing for all and I have a qualification in Mental Health First Aid.

Since 2016 I have been Academy Improvement Partner for Focus Trust. In that role I have been responsible for initial teacher training and our NQT programme enabling me to fulfil another one of my passions seeing new teachers develop and flourish.

Rachel Buckley – Quality Assurance Support, Manchester Nexus (based at Focus Trust)

I have a BA Hons in Education and English with QTS and have been a primary school teacher for 28 years. During this time, I have held posts as Associate Tutor with MMU, supporting the Undergraduate Teaching Programme by visiting trainees on placement and providing training for Faculty tutors on current practice and pedagogy. I have also held the post of Primary Programme Lead for 2 School Direct Programmes; most recently with Focus Trust.

I was responsible for the design and delivery of the Post Graduate ITE programmes as well as mentor training and supporting trainees in their placement schools.

I am currently a year 5 teacher and English Lead Practitioner at Lyndhurst Primary School in Oldham. My QA role with Manchester Nexus means I am part of the interview process, professional studies programme delivery and supporting school placements for trainees.


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 . Crompton House School, Shaw . Hathershaw School, Oldham . Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale . King James’s School, Huddersfield . Marple Hall School, Stockport

Newman College, Oldham . Oldham Academy North, Oldham . Saddleworth School, Oldham . Wardle Academy, Rochdale . Oldham Sixth Form College, Oldham . North Chadderton School, Oldham

St Anne’s Academy, Rochdale. Royton and Crompton School, Oldham. Failsworth School, Oldham. Huddersfield New College. St Damian’s Academy, Tameside.


Christ Church of England School, Oldham. East Crompton St. George’s Primary, Oldham. Hodge Clough Primary, Oldham. Mayfield Primary, Oldham. St James’ Primary School, Rochdale. Greenhill Academy, Glodwick
Northmoor Academy, Coldhurst. Richmond Academy, Coldhurst. Westwood Academy, Coldhurst. Alt Academy, Alt. Stanley Road Community Primary School, Oldham. Limehurst Primary School, Oldham. Lyndhurst Primary School, Oldham.
Coppice Primary Academy, Oldham. Roundthorn Primary Academy, Oldham. Freehold Community Primary School, Oldham. Prestbury Primary School, Macclesfield. Shibden Head Primary Academy, Bradford. Birstall Primary, Birstall. Boothroyd Primary, Dewsbury. Deeplish Primary, Rochdale. Fieldhead Primary, Bradford. Manor Green Primary, Denton. Old Trafford Community Academy, Manchester. Rudheath Primary, Northwich. Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury. Thornton Academy, Bradford. Wilsden Academy, Bradford. Kentmere Academy, Rochdale. St Thomas C of E Primary School, Oldham

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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
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
Mayfield Primary, Oldham: 53.551257, -2.093461
East Crompton St. George’s Primary, Oldham: 53.584490, -2.085586
St James’ Primary School, Rochdale: 53.648378, -2.131863
Oldham Sixth Form College: 53.538647, -2.118547
Newman College, Oldham: 53.537980, -2.152473
Greenhill Academy, Glodwick: 53.536864, -2.107301
Northmoor Academy, Coldhurst: 53.544531, -2.121589
Richmond Academy, Coldhurst: 53.541290, -2.125315
Westwood Academy, Coldhurst: 53.541290, -2.125315
Alt Academy, Alt: 53.527090, -2.082390
Stanley Road Community Primary School, Oldham: 53.529354, -2.140142
North Chadderton School, Oldham: 53.540500, -2.118300
Limehurst Primary School, Oldham: 53.529354, -2.140142
Limehurst Primary School, Oldham: 53.529354, -2.140142
Lyndhurst Primary School: 53.523751, -2.125398
Coppice Primary Academy: 53.531584, -2.120004
Roundthorn Primary Academy: 53.532407, -2.085857
Freehold Community Primary School: 53.536405, -2.136959
St Anne’s Church of England Academy: 53.566710, -2.202570
Royton and Crompton School: 53.567782, -2.104734
Co-op Academy Failsworth: 53.507485, -2.146653
Huddersfield New College: 53.654475, -1.837914
Prestbury Primary School: 53.292274, -2.152101
St Damian’s Academy Tameside.: 53.509363, -2.076861
Shibden Head Primary Academy, Bradford, BD13 2ND: 53.764108, -1.853168
Birstall Primary, Birstall, WF17 9EJ: 53.731298, -1.659995
Boothroyd Primary, Dewsbury, WF15 3QE: 53.686591, -1.646344
Deeplish Primary, Rochdale, OL11 1LT: 53.607597, -2.152053
Fieldhead Primary, Bradford, WF17 9BX: 53.741776, -1.659183
Manor Green Primary, Denton, M34 7NS: 53.441869, -2.105094
Old Trafford Community Academy, Manchester, M15 4FL: 53.464464, -2.264691
Rudheath Primary, Northwich, CW9 7JL: 53.250855, -2.481018
Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury, WF12 0HE: 53.660313, -1.617626
Thornton Academy Bradford, BD13 3BH: 53.791200, -1.820972
Wilsden Academy Bradford, BD15 0AE: 53.823879, -1.859005
Kentmere Academy, Rochdale.: 53.632281, -2.138770
St Thomas C of E Primary School: 53.535041, -2.122412

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