The Secondary Programme (11-16)

Can you inspire young
adults to love your subject?

As a Secondary Teacher you get to explore your subject every single day. And there’s always something more to learn about it from a young adult’s perspective! The best Secondary Teachers inspire young adults to love their subjects and to continue to love learning once they leave school. They also provide excellent pastoral care to their students, helping them to build the personal and social skills which will determine how successful and happy they are in later life. The challenge is to make sure every single student has the same opportunities, regardless of their backgrounds. Can you take on that challenge?

Manchester Nexus SCITT currently offers training in these subjects

Art & Design



Computer Science

Design & Technology







Physical Education



Social Science

We are proud of our Secondary Initial Teacher Education which ensures trainees have the right mix of individual support and joint training sessions to excel in classroom. 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.

“The support I have received from my mentors has been invaluable; from help with teaching and planning to supporting me through applications and interviews. I feel fully prepared to take on my NQT year thanks to the Northern Alliance!” Sophie Howarth, RQT: English


It’s not a touchy subject.

We know many prospective trainee teachers worry about getting their subject knowledge up to scratch. Helping you to do that is of paramount importance to us. Your dedicated subject mentor will support this, and if you are studying to teach the following subjects you may qualify for a free Subject Knowledge Enhancement course:

Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Languages, Computing,
Design and Technology, Geography, Biology

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 Secondary Schools to ensure you are prepared to thrive as a Secondary 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 Subject Mentor and Professional Mentor to ensure progression in relation to the Teaching Standards and Subject Knowledge Development.

During the course you will also:

Spend time in a Primary School to understand academic and pastoral transition from Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 3
Spend days on an elective enrichment activity at either a Special School, Pupil Referal Unit, Post 16 Placement or English as an Additional Language (EAL) placement.
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