North West SHARES SCITT Primary (3-7) (23BL)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Throughout our rigorous and innovative, hands-on school-based initial teacher training programme you will study teaching in the Primary and early years age range 3-7.

Our programme runs for a minimum of 38 weeks; you will spend four days per week in school and one day per week attending training seminars.

Our training programme will enable you to develop knowledge of national statutory frameworks including; Primary National Curriculum, Early Years Foundation Stage, Assessment and Keeping Children Safe in Education and the skills to use these effectively in the classroom.

Additionally, you will benefit from systematic training linked to; theories of teaching and learning, child development, mental health, working with children with EAL, SEN/D, parents and supporting vulnerable children. Our training ensures that you will have the most up to date knowledge, based on the most recent and relevant research which underpins all of our training, ensuring that you are able to integrate current theory into your classroom on a daily basis.

Face to face training seminars are generally delivered at our training suite in Skelmersdale.

Training placements are carefully selected to suit your training needs and you will undertake 2 significant and sustained placements in 2 contrasting schools across 2 different key stages as follows:

  • September to January, Training School 1, KS1;
  • February to July, Training School 2, Foundation Stage.

These training placements will enable you to develop strong knowledge skills and competencies resulting in you being in high demand as you seek your first teaching post.

Our training programme does not assess what you ‘write about teaching’, we believe you should be assessed, doing what you do best…… teaching children in the classroom! Your progress will be monitored through:

  • Regular reviews of your teaching and learning
  • Regular progress targets to extend your teaching and learning
  • Summative assessments at the conclusion of each placement.

With over 9 years experience delivering school based ITT, we are delighted that schools ‘seek out’ our trainees as Early Career Teachers resulting in our impressive employment rate.

School placements

Originally established in Skelmersdale, our ITT partnership now extends to Southport, Formby, Ormskirk, Wigan, West Lancashire and Preston, meaning placements can suit your needs!

We also provide unique enhancement training opportunities including:

  • Teaching children with English as an Additional Language
  • Teaching children with complex needs
  • Teaching children birth to 5 years old.

Your placements will be intentionally diverse, they will challenge your thinking about teaching and learning, however, will enable you to learn from experts in their field, in their classroom for a sustained period of time. The critical learning for all of our trainees is to understand that your progress can be directly linked to the progress of the children in their class. If the children are making progress… then you are too!

An at the glance summary of our training placements:

  • Qu. Length of time in each placement? Ans. Minimum 18 weeks in each placement.

  • Qu. How is placement selected? Ans. Based on your training needs, we carefully match you, your school and mentor – trust us!

  • Qu. How far will I be required to travel? Ans. All of our trainees are placed within our alliance of schools, reducing the burden of travel to you.

  • Qu. What will my working hours be? Ans. Training Day 9-4.30. School Day while schools differ, most schools expect as a minimum 8.00-4.30.

You will attend staff meetings and support out of school club provision.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main site
SCITT Office and Training Suite, Skelmersdale , WN8 6AB
Woodland Community Primary School
Heathgate, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6QH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Candidates undertaking equivalencies with recognised third parties will self fund the cost of the equivalency.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a genuine interest in working with young children. You may have experience with children from a range of sources e.g. work, volunteer, placement, governor in school or summer clubs, sports, cubs etc. It is not how many days you have spent with children that matters, it is what you understand about being a teacher that is of interest to us.

If you have determination, resilience, creativity and a passion for teaching, you possess the personal qualities that make superb teachers and leaders of the future. Show this at your interview!

Other requirements

All successful candidates are required to meet the following conditions of any offer by the programme start date:

  • Clear disclosure and barring service (DBS) criminal records check including children’s barred list information;
  • Clear prohibition order check;
  • Clear health and physical capacity to train to teach through an external occupational health check;
  • Clear criminal record checks for overseas applicants; -Clear criminal records checks for applicants who have lived or worked abroad for 3 months or more in the last 10 years;
  • Two professional references;
  • Develop fundamentals in Mathematics and Literacy proficiency.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

North West SCITT is a leading provider of school-based Initial Teacher Training, with a 100% employment rate over the last 3 years. Over the course of one intense year we nurture and challenge trainees to develop the skills to become highly effective teachers, ready to take up a teaching post in Foundation Stage, KS1, KS2 or SEN provision.

Our training programme is entirely school based and our trainee teachers spend 37 weeks in school, learning ‘on the job’, working alongside experienced teachers who mentor them through their training period.

What is unique about North West SCITT:

  • You are treated as a ‘future colleague’ and will be trained through a bespoke Individual Training Plan;
  • On completing the programme, you will continue to receive support through our ECT Package during your first year as a teacher;

What Ofsted (2015) says, “Exceptional leadership and management, everyone shares the same ambitious vision, all are absolutely dedicated to developing inspirational teachers and future leaders for local schools.”

What our students say, “My SCITT training experience has been like nothing I have experienced before. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year with the SCITT family. From start to finish, I have been fully supported and challenged, recognising my development needs, which has enabled me to reach my potential”.

Interview process

We intend to recruit the highest calibre of candidates and our interview process is designed to ensure that we establish your suitability and readiness to teach our youngest learners.

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic, well-organised, well prepared and who can demonstrate a commitment to successfully completing our School Based Initial Teacher Training Programme. Quite simply, we are looking to recruit our ‘future colleagues and future leaders!’.

Candidates who are selected for interview, will be welcomed into one of our partner schools and will during the course of the day complete the following tasks:

  • Plan and deliver a short lesson with an allocated class;
  • Engage in an individual interview to share your current experiences and aspirations for yourself as a future teacher.

Our aim is to find the best in you, so be yourself and be prepared to shine!

Applicants with disabilities or special educational needs: We comply with equality legislation and ensure that the interview procedures promote equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination. Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to disclose disability, however, where information is provided we will make reasonable adjustments to promote equality of access.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

It is our aim to make our provision accessible to all applicants and trainee teachers. We comply with equality legislation and promote equality of opportunity and aim to avoid discrimination. Applicants with a disability are advised to inform us of any special arrangements they may need prior to the interview date in order that we can make suitable arrangements.

Due to our individualised approached to ITT, trainees with a range of disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia) have successfully completed our programme. All schools within our ITT partnership are fully committed to inclusive education for their children and will make reasonable adjustments to enable trainees with disabilities or SpLD to succeed during their training.

Contact this training provider

01695 557488
Woodland Primary Teaching School
Heathgate, Skelmersdale

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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