Why Train To Teach With Manchester Nexus SCITT? | Manchester Nexus SCITT

Our mission is to train teachers who will inspire, challenge and support all their pupils, both now and in the future.

The Nexus Way

Manchester Nexus SCITT exists for children and young people: improving their life chances, instilling the joy of learning, and nurturing their development and achievement.

An unequivocal focus on excellence characterises our work, ensuring that everything we do is firmly rooted in the values that drive us – hope for the future, personalised learning and social justice.

Our mission is to train teachers who will inspire, challenge and support all their pupils, both now and in the future. Nexus teachers are committed. They are skilful, creative specialists in their subjects and age ranges who continuously develop their practice and help others to do the same.

Our training fosters resilience with a balanced approach that recognises the importance of personal wellbeing amid the demands of this great profession.

Manchester Nexus SCITT is committed to raising the achievement of young people in North Manchester area and beyond by producing great teachers.

Therefore, we select and develop trainees who show great potential and are as invested in the life chances of young people as we are. This means that you will be learning alongside trainees who have the same drive and ethos as you. It is important to us that our trainees have access to appropriate support, therefore, we strive to employ mentors and trainers with exceptional expertise and experience. Our mentors will invest in you to ensure you fulfil your potential.

The Lead School, the ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ Blue Coat School, is a designated National Teaching School and National Support School with years of experience in delivering high quality Initial Teacher Training and teacher development programmes. Your placements will be in schools in and around Manchester, all of which have experience of developing trainee teachers. All this means you will be very well prepared to thrive as a Teacher when you finish your training with Manchester Nexus SCITT.

You will be in the classroom. Where else would you want to train to be a teacher?

SCITT means School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

You learn on the job and spend the majority of your time in the school.

“A great advantage of the course is that the schools really invest in you as a trainee. The Manchester Nexus course is a highly personalised route into teaching. You are made to feel really looked after!” Katie Charnock, RQT: English

The beauty of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is that it is hands on: you spend the majority of your time in school.


From Day 1 of your training, the pupils and staff see you as a member of staff, rather than a part-time trainee. This means you will build profound relationships with mentors and other staff. Developing profound relationships is the key to becoming a great teacher and getting the best results.

At Manchester Nexus SCITT we know about, care about, and value every single trainee. We are small enough to tailor your training programme to make sure it supports and develops you as an individual, so you can realise your potential and become a great teacher.

We also value highly the academic depth of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), so we have partnered with one of the region’s best universities.

With us, you get the best of both worlds: academic rigour and practical learning.

Get the best jobs and the best career development

At Manchester Nexus SCITT we invest in you as an individual. As long as you make the grade, you are very likely to secure a job within the partnership of schools. This unique range of schools means you could have a successful career from Early Careers Teacher to Middle Leadership, then Senior Leadership and even Headship, all at differing schools within the partnership. At each stage you will be supported by a highly successful leadership development programme. The Manchester Nexus programme is carefully designed in line with the Core Content Framework. Our trainees will be trained to meet these standards to enable them to become successful qualified teachers.

‘Despite the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt really supported by the SCITT team, even before I started my first placement in September.’ Hafeez Rehman, Trainee Teacher: Biology

“ I was welcomed with open arms, already feel part of the staff and know I have the support network to become the best teacher I can be. In the coming year I am excited to get stuck in both with the academic and extra-curricular elements of school life, observe some masters of the teaching craft and continue the journey into the career I’ve been set on for many, many years.” Charlotte Quinn, ECT: Maths

Qualify at Masters Level with Liverpool Hope

And it’s not just our schools which are the best. We have partnered with Liverpool Hope University who will provide the university based elements of the course which will enable you to achieve a PGCE with Masters level credits. You will be taught by experienced tutors and have full access to the university’s learning and research resources.