Training as part of a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ as you work and train in schools.
The Manchester Nexus SCITT course lasts from September to July. Trainees graduate with a Post Graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and QTS.
You will receive support and training from experienced teachers and mentors right from the start, and throughout your course. Your placement schools will not ask you to teach classes unsupported until they 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 practicing teachers, in schools, so you develop skills and knowledge more quickly.
The programme is highly personalised from your first contact with us to taking up your first job, which is statistically likely to be in a Nexus school. You will be based in a Nexus school from September where you will be trained and mentored by specialist teachers in successful departments and Key Stages. Regular central training sessions bring you together with other trainees to learn from each other, share your insights and develop your professional skills. You will soon find yourself in classrooms, and with full support and thorough preparation, will share the responsibility for planning and teaching your own groups.
In addition to school- based training for Qualified Teacher Status, our trainees achieve a PGCE with master’s level credits. For this part of the programme, you will be taught by tutors from Liverpool Hope University and have full access to the university’s learning and research resources.
We follow an A/B/A Model which gives trainees access to a contrasting experience for enough time to allow strong relationships to be developed between trainees and their mentors and pupils.
Candidates will spend two full terms in school A and one full term in school B. Trainees will receive focused mentor support during each placement.
Placement schools are selected based on capacity within schools and on the level of contrast compared to home school placement. Consideration is also given to travel time and personal circumstances.
Decisions regarding placement schools are made by the Nexus team. Manchester Nexus currently partner with over 20 secondary schools, allowing for a well-considered process when placing trainees and a strong relationship with partners.
Candidates teaching this subject will gain experience across the ages 11-16.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Candidates should use a third party and must fund the tests themselves.
We are looking for high calibre, highly motivated graduates who want to share their love of learning and their subjects with young people. Successful candidates will have a strong moral purpose and it will be important to them to provide equal opportunities to the young people across our partnership schools. Ideally, they will have an existing understanding of the importance of providing a secure and stimulating environment for all young people in an education setting.
At interview, you will be required to verify your identity, from a current photographic ID. A passport or driving licence and proof of address will be suitable.
You will be required to obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check as you will be engaging in regulated activity, if successful in your application for a training place.
Applicants are also required to complete a rehabilitation of offenders declaration prior to interview.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
At Manchester Nexus 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. In our last training year 100% of our trainees rated their training as good or very good.
You learn on the job and spend the majority of your time in the school. We refer to it as School-Led: your training is led by the school, not a university. Additionally, there are 12 Liverpool Hope University Masters Days which will lead to your PGCE qualification. It is important to note that LHU come to us for 9 of these sessions. Therefore you only need to go to Liverpool for 3 sessions over the course of the year.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend a one stage recruitment process with the Manchester Nexus team.
This is a formal process which will consist of an interview, along with set tasks that aim to measure your suitability to train to teach on our course. You will receive more information on these tasks and how you can prepare when offered an interview.
Applicants are also required to complete a rehabilitation of offender’s declaration prior to interview.
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
Manchester Nexus consider trainee location when allocating placements. This will be an even stronger focus when trainees have a physical impairment or a condition that has an impact on travel.
We ensure that trainees are supported within the framework of their school setting, as well as during the training sessions delivered by Nexus and Liverpool Hope University.
This may involve making mentors aware of any adaptations required and quality assuring to ensure that these are in place. Trainees are given the opportunity to share any needs and to discuss how these can be met.
We do not have a one size fits all approach, meaning discussion and openness is encouraged in order to meet individual needs.
Manchester Nexus has links with Health Assured, a 24 hour helpline aiming to support trainees through any life issues or problems. Trainee wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us and we have time set aside to focus on how to maintain a positive mindset and how to keep a healthy work life balance.
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Support and advice
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