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.

An immersive learning experience

The Manchester Nexus SCITT course lasts for one year. 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.

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?


Katz Schlindwein – SCITT Director
Meghann Kirkham – Curriculum Lead, Training and QA


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 College, Oldham . Marple Hall School, Stockport. Saddleworth School, Oldham . Wardle Academy, Rochdale . Oldham Sixth Form College, Oldham . North Chadderton School, Oldham. Radclyffe School, Oldham. Fairfield High School, Tameside.

St Anne’s Academy, Rochdale. Royton and Crompton School, Oldham. Co-op Academy, Oldham.  Falinge Park High School, Rochdale. 


 Mayfield Primary, Oldham.  Greenhill Academy, Glodwick
Northmoor Academy, Coldhurst. Richmond Academy, Coldhurst.  Alt Academy, Oldham. Stanley Road Community Primary School, Oldham. Limehurst Primary School, Oldham.
 Oldham.  Deeplish Primary, Rochdale. Crompton Primary School, Oldham. Burnley Brow Community School, Chadderton.