North West SHARES Primary and Early Years SCITT

Skelmersdale and UpHolland Schools operate an innovative  Initial Teacher Training course for trainees here in the North West. Over the course of a very intense year we will give you the skills and experience needed to become a highly effective, fully qualified primary school teacher able to take up post in September 2015 in either a Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 class.

Will I receive any travel expenses?

No. You will be expected to pay for your own travel costs, but we will make every effort to keep those costs as low as possible by aiming to place you in an appropriate school near to your home address.

Preparing for Application

When you have decided that you want to train to teach, please prepare yourself fully for the application process by: 

  • Gain at least 10 days experience in early years or primary school prior to submitting your application;  
  • Read current educational materials  e.g. Times Educational Supplement  (available on Fridays or online at ),             

What about the theory?

As part of the SCITT programme you will examine current educational theory then consider how this can be translated into effective practice in the classroom. You will study the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage alongside studying supporting children with SEND, EAL or gifted and talented.  You will examine some theories of inclusion, safeguarding, leadership, creative teaching and outstanding teacher in order to prepare you for your role as a teacher. 

By having the opportunity to observe, learn from and work alongside expert practitioners you will be confident to deliver the very best to the children in your classes.  You will have access to a wide range of multi-media to aid your teaching including a laptop, digital cameras, flip cameras etc. You will finish your training having seen the theory being put into practice and having your own opportunity to impact on the children that you teach. You will also develop a deep understanding of how children learn and develop.

How will I be supported?

You will be very well supported throughout all elements of the training including: 

  • Class mentor who will support, guide and help you on a day to day basis;
  • SCITT Link Tutor who will support you to to demonstrate that you meet the Teachers' Standards;

  • Expert Practitioners who will deliver your training days;

  • Headteachers and senior leaders from high quality, innovative primary schools are at the heart of the design, delivery and management of the programme.

Why this training route?

We believe that the North West SCITT is a model of teacher training that will deliver the next generation of primary teachers for the North West. We are confident that many will secure employment here in Skelmersdale.This primary initial teacher training model is unique here in the North West and reflects our belief that trainees immersed in school life over the course of the school year are well equipped for their first post.  As a trainee, you will have access to outstanding schools, National Support Schools, Advanced Skills Teachers, Leading Teachers and National Leaders of Education. You will be taught by experienced and practising teachers who are actively engaged in moving schools to outstanding. As a trainee you will be immersed in the primary school environment where you will see high quality professional conduct within a caring and aspirational ethos.