Rochdale Pioneers Partnership


School Direct Salaried: English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, MFL, History, Computer Science

School Direct Fee Funded: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, MFL, Geography, Religious Education, History, Computer Science, Art, Music, PE, Design Technology, Primary


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Middleton Technology School
Kenyon Lane
Manchester, M24 2GT

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About Us

The Partnership

The Pioneers Partnership is a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), providing both the salaried and non-salaried training routes into teaching, at both Primary and Secondary level.

We are located across Rochdale Local Authority and a high percentage of our trainees are employed by Rochdale schools on completion of their training. We benefit from our trusting and supportive relationship with all Headteachers and from all stakeholders within the Partnership there is a clear commitment to ensuring trainees realise their potential. The lead school is Middelton Technology School, one of the top achieving schools in the country. During the last Ofsted inspection Middleton was judged to be outstanding in every respect. The wider partnership extends to the vast majority of secondary schools and colleges within the borough and has expanded further due to becoming part of a Multi Academy Trust. The Partnership also includes six primary schools. You will complete training after one year with Qualified Teacher Status and the option of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Schools are taking more control of Initial Teacher Training. With the school-led programme, you will spend more time based in schools and classrooms than you would on a traditional PGCE course. All training is delivered by current outstanding practitioners from within our Alliance and is wholly school-based. Trainees complete the training with many more hours classroom experience than those who have followed a university-led route, leaving them more confident and skilled as they embark on their NQT year.

Why Train with us?
Not only will you achieve Qualified Teacher Status, but you will embark on a career. The vast majority of our trainees achieve a Grade 1 outstanding grade by the end of the course and all over recent years have gone straight into employment. However our “Pursuit of Excellence” does not end when you gain QTS, instead it is just the beginning.

By choosing to start your career in Rochdale you will be eligible for a rich programme of Continuous Professional Development on offer from the borough’s two designated Teaching Schools – Middleton Technology School and Hollingworth Academy.

Beyond your Newly Qualified Teacher induction you will continue to receive support as an NQT, and our Professional Development Pathway shows clear Leadership opportunities all the way up to Headship.

Staff & Team

Qualifications – BA(Hons) Fine Art, SLE for Curriculum Leadership and Art and Design

My responsibilities as Pioneers Partnership Training Manager within the Senior Leadership Team at Middleton Technology College include the strategic development of the SCITT, recruitment, communicating with partners, improvement planning, growth to primary schools and the quality assurance of all aspects of training. I provide training to mentors as well as trainees, observe lessons, arrange placements and through a strong relationship with each trainee ensure that the course can be tailored meet the needs of individuals.

Prior to this I have a long history of improving Teaching and Learning at both departmental and whole school level. I began my teaching career at Haydock Sports College in St Helens, where having been promoted to Head of Department I ensured that pupils progress and attainment was consistently outstanding.

Prior to my appointment at Middleton Technology School I worked as Creative Arts Coordinator with responsibility for Art, Music Drama and Dance at Saddleworth School This has enabled me to develop coaching and facilitating skills in a variety of contexts with middle leaders with varying degrees of experience. Dramatic improvements in the standards of Teaching and Learning, far more accurate tracking systems and sharper levels of accountability engendered vastly improved results. I have also had whole school responsibility for the development of Teaching and Learning for NQTs.

Integral to the role of ITT Manager is the development of staff, empowering them to become the very best professionals they can be. As a designated Specialist Leader in Education for Curriculum Leadership and Senior Leader at MTS I have repeatedly demonstrated my commitment to recruiting and nurturing talented teachers with varying degrees of experience. I consider it a privilege to be responsible for training and developing the next generation of outstanding teachers to improve the life chances of children within the borough of Rochdale and beyond.

Qualifications: BAHons English Literature, PGCE with Distinction English. Specialist Leader of Education for English and Leadership and Management. Future Leader Cohort’13

Associate Headteacher and Director of Teaching School (Middleton Technology School)

My responsibilities at Middleton Technology School involves the leadership of our Teaching School alliance. This encompasses our School to School support provision; the development of Specialist Leaders of Education and Senior Leaders and ensuring that the best possible training takes place from our pre—teaching route, right up to headship training. I also play an active part on the senior leadership within MTS, providing staff training, developing teaching & learning and supporting staff and students to achieve excellence.

I have always valued the importance of effective teacher training. I was lucky enough to benefit from an outstanding practitioner as my mentor when I completed my PGCE and she truly inspired me to be the best teacher I possibly could. The drive and belief that she instilled in me that every single student can excel, regardless of circumstance, has inspired me throughout my career as I lead an English department in a large secondary school; was an Assistant and Deputy Headteacher setting up a teaching school from its infancy and supporting in failing and challenging schools, to now, as Associate Headteacher.

I wholeheartedly believe that we are absolutely privileged to play such an important role in the development of young people. When embarking on a career in teaching, we commit a lot of our time and self however, the rewards are plentiful. In the words of Aristotle: “those who know do, those that understand teach”. I truly believe there is no better job in the world than to shape the lives of young people and watch as they grow, develop and succeed.

Partner Schools

Places are within our Teaching Alliance, and placements will be at one of the following schools:

Middleton Technology School

Wardle Academy

St Annes Academy

Siddal Moor

Falinge Park

Oulder Hill

St Cuthbert’s

Kingsway Park

Holy Family College

Matthew Moss

Holingworth Acdemy

Redwood Secondary School

Brownhill Learning Community

Hopwood Hall College

Rochdale sixth Form College

Meanwood Primary School

Shawclough Primary School

Little Heaton

Elm Wood

Broadfield Primary

Copley Academy

New Charter Academy

Silver Springs Primary Academy

Elmwood Primary