The programmes have a comprehensive schedule of subject and theoretical training, which is delivered by outstanding practitioners and experts from across our partnership and wider alliance of schools.
You can choose to specialise in either Early Primary (3-7 years) or General Primary (5-11 years). Early Primary trainees will complete their training in Early Years and KS1, whilst General Primary trainees will complete their training in KS1 and KS2.
All trainees will be allocated to a Home School. You will start the academic year in your Home School and spend the majority of your school-based experience time there. All trainees will spend a placement in an Away School during term 2 of the academic year.
The course combines practical classroom experience with academic study to give you the knowledge and understanding to teach successfully.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Prestolee Teaching School, Church Road, Stoneclough, M26 1HJ
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We offer our own equivalency programme at Prestolee SCITT. Our full support package offers 1.5 hour long online tutor-led revision sessions for each subject. These are held over four consecutive weeks in preparation for your Equivalency Test. These sessions are held remotely via Zoom and cover both subject content and question practise. Our full support package costs £180 per subject. If you are not able to join our online revision sessions or feel that, with some self-revision, your subject knowledge is already sufficient, we offer standalone GCSE Equivalency Tests in English, Mathematics and Science. The standalone exams cost £95 per subject.
Put simply, we are looking for potential. More specifically, we are looking for candidates who have the qualities required for a career in teaching, the potential to turn these qualities into a journey towards becoming a great teacher, and the work ethic and determination required to make this a reality. We want to hear from people who are personable, friendly and engaging; have a strong work ethic and a positive outlook; who understand the importance of teaching and want to make a difference.
School experience is not essential in order to apply for one of our courses. However, you may find it beneficial to have some school experience for the interview process where you will be asked to deliver a ‘mini-teach’ – a short lesson to a small group of pupils. You may also be asked questions which relate to the classroom. All offers will be conditional of DBS and Fitness to Teach checks.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Trainees have 2 options for payment, either via a loan from Student Finance or via self-funding. If you fund via Student Finance, once your loan application is approved the payments will be made directly to us and you do not need to take any further action. If you self-fund, payments can be made either by BACS or cheque.
About the training provider
Joining #teampresto as an ITT trainee gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and successful teams of teachers and leaders in Greater Manchester.
The name ‘Prestolee’ is synonymous with educational innovation, with the legacy of famous Headteacher Teddy O’Neill continuing to this day through the work of Prestolee: an outstanding primary school, a National Teaching School and an established teacher training provider. Prestolee School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) aims to ensure you are supported to become the best teaching practitioner and future leader you can be. We work with a number of schools to ensure you can undertake your primary school placement at different locations across the region.
Once applications are received, they undergo a careful screening process to ascertain suitability for interview.
Consideration is given to how much experience applicants have had in primary schools; academic qualifications (or predictions for pending degrees); suitability to teach & personal qualities and the quality of the personal statement in terms of grammar and spelling. Those selected will be invited to attend an interview day which will involve a mini teach.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Prestolee SCITT is inclusive and recognises its obligation to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students and those diagnosed with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), long-term health condition or mental health condition. We are keen to ensure these can be put in place to support students when applying to and studying at Prestolee. Therefore, we encourage disabled applicants to get in touch with our admissions office as soon as possible to discuss any requirements and their application.
Prestolee Primary School Church Road Radcliffe Greater Manchester M26 1HJ
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).