Our Primary ITT programme is designed to cover all aspects of what it means to be a teacher, as well as inspire and motivate students to be the best that they can be.

At Manchester Nexus SCITT, we are committed to training and developing the very best primary teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to invest in their pupils’ academic and social development. In return, we will invest in your professional development beyond your initial training year, providing you with structured programmes which will ensure you have the skills and expertise to sustain a fulfilling and enjoyable career.

Our careful blend of theory and practice means you’ll study how young people learn best and then try out relevant techniques and strategies in your classroom, gaining QTS and a PGCE as you do so. Where better to learn and experience teaching, than in the classroom?
Through contrasting placements across our network of partner schools, your teaching practice will be supported by sessions with your dedicated and experienced mentor who will offer continuous support and feedback. School-led training is a unique opportunity to engage in immersive training, to learn the best methods first hand, and gain real experience. It will also provide you with the opportunity to experience many of the things that you would only be exposed to in your Early Career Teacher (ECT) years, meaning you will find the transition from trainee to ECT much easier.

School Placements

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 trainees and their pupils.

Trainee teachers spend 4 days per week in their school placement setting. Face-to-face training takes place on every Friday of the course. There is also some additional asynchronous training.

Trainees have three assessed placements across two key stages in two different schools:

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Curriculum & Assessment

The curriculum is delivered on Fridays, trainees will benefit from full day sessions in our core curriculum with separate days for subject specific training.

The Nexus curriculum is split into 5 areas:


Trainees are assessed against the Nexus curriculum at three stages in the course (the placement endpoints) using a range of evidence. This assessment is based on a trainee’s knowledge and implementation of the Nexus taught curriculum. At the final assessment course leaders decide whether a trainee has made sufficient progress against the Nexus curriculum to meet the Teachers’ Standards, and be recommended for QTS. They do this using a range of evidence.


We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University who will provide the PGCE sessions. The PGCE consists of two modules (Reflecting on Pedagogical Approaches & Exploring Professional Development), four additional training days with Sheffield Hallam (delivered in Oldham/ Tameside) and each module is assessed through a written assignment of 5000 words. Completion of these modules leads to a PGCE with 60 Master’s credits.

How to apply & entry criteria

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Finance information

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