About Manchester Nexus SCITT | Manchester Nexus SCITT


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?


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. 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 18 years, working in a variety of school across Greater Manchester. I have always been passionate about teacher training and quality provision. Since my own training 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.

Meghann Kirkham – Curriculum Lead, Training and QA

I work with trainees from initial interest through to interview and also support across the training programme. I have worked with both trainees and NQTs across my 12 years of teaching in various capacities. As a subject mentor and as head of department, I supported and guided numerous new teachers into the profession.

I have taught English for 12 years and lead an English team for 4 years. I hold a degree in Law and a degree in English and am currently completing a Masters in Expert Teaching. I am a life-long learner and love being part of the teaching profession.

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 eleven years at Blue Coat I have gained experience of delivering training and mentoring with ECTs 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 Child Development.

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. I also have a degree in Health with Community Studies.

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. As well as this I am involved in trainee enrolment, record keeping and organisation, course administration and communicating with our partner schools

I have worked for the Blue Coat School and Manchester Nexus for 6 years.


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. Falinge Park High School, Rochdale. Whitworth Community High School, Rochdale. 


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. St Andrew’s Primary School, Rochdale. Buckstones Primary School, Shaw. Beal Vale Primary School, Shaw. Crompton Primary School, Oldham. Burnley Brow Community School, Chadderton.