The Primary Programme (5-11)

Are you ready to challenge yourself?

A career in Primary Teaching is incredibly rewarding; you get to work with children when they are at their most inquisitive and open minded. As well as having lots of fun, you have the honour and responsibility to set the young people in your care on a learning path which will determine their life chances later in life. To be the best, you will need to rise to that challenge.

“Training with Manchester Nexus offers a unique experience, as it allows students to learn from a team of inspirational practitioners, who share the same philosophy on education and how children learn.  The network of support from Professional Learning Mentors and Teacher Mentors, together with The Liverpool Hope University, equips students with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding, to become excellent teachers in this rewarding yet demanding profession.

Being part of this professional learning mentor program means a great deal to me. I have the opportunity to share my passion for teaching and learning with others as I support students on their journey to success. ”  
Cheryl Haigh – Primary Lead


We are proud of our Primary Initial Teacher Education which prepares our trainee teachers to rise to the challenge of ensuring every child has the best possible start in life, regardless of their circumstances and backgrounds.

The detailed training is designed to cover all aspects of what it means to be a teacher as well as inspire and motivate students to be the best that they can be.


Our careful blend of theory and practice means you’ll study how young people learn best and then try out relevant techniques and strategies in your classroom, gaining QTS and a PGCE as you do so. Your teaching practice will be supported by weekly sessions with your dedicated mentors who will offer you helpful feedback and you will also get support to develop your subject knowledge including maths, English and science.

The Manchester Nexus Trainee Experience will be very similar to School Direct – to you, the trainee, they are practically the same thing.

You will undertake 3 placements in at least two contrasting Primary Schools to ensure you are prepared to thrive as a Primary NQT and beyond:

For example:


Home School

From the start of the academic year (usually first week in Sep) until the Christmas holidays.


Contrasting School

until Easter.


Home School

After Easter until the end of the academic year.

Designated time with a Class Teacher Mentor and Professional Mentor to ensure progression in relation to the Teaching Standards and Subject Knowledge Development.

During the course you will also:

Spend days in a Secondary School to understand academic and pastoral transition from Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 3
Spend days in a Special School or shadow the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) in your school
Gain experience in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
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