Manchester Nexus SCITT


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Phone: 0161 624 1484

Manchester Nexus SCITT
Egerton Street


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About Us

Do you have what it takes to be a role model to thousands of young people?

As a teacher you have the opportunity to change a child’s life forever.
It takes a very special person to be a great teacher. Great teachers love their subjects and inspire young people and their colleagues to love learning too.
They are committed to ensuring every child succeeds, regardless of their background.

Great teachers equip young people with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to make informed choices about their futures.

And have a lot of fun along the way.

About Us

The Manchester Nexus SCITT has developed through the Northern Teaching School Alliance. Blue Coat School as part of the Cranmer Education Trust is the Accredited Provider for ITE and has established a quality assured training model for ITE for Primary and Secondary phases.  All the schools have extensive experience in ITE and are active in school-led system improvement.

The Cranmer Education Trust began recruiting to School Direct in 2012 and has seen the impact that ‘growing our own’ has had on the Alliance of schools and the progress of our students. This is reflected in both the quality of appointments in our schools and the impact on the professional development of all our staff (teaching and non-teaching) in establishing a quality-assured model for ITE. Teaching staff and leaders across the partnership of schools have been directly involved in developing bespoke training programmes, systems and processes for ITE relevant to our contexts.  School-led ITE is now the preferred method of teacher training across our partner schools because it allows us to directly recruit and train high quality candidates, and grow and retain future leaders across the workforce. Collective school involvement in school-led ITE has established close and meaningful working relationships across the partnership of schools. The schools have collaborated together to design training packages relevant to the demands of the education system today.

Establishing the Manchester Nexus SCITT has allowed us to build on these high quality collaborative strategies and make them an integral part of the SCITT offer.  For those that train with the SCITT there is the free offer of the NQT programme. Trainees that also stay employed in the partnership or locality will also have the opportunity to engage with our RQT and Middle Leadership development opportunities.

Staff and Team

I am Deputy Head with the strategic responsibility for the SCITT and Curriculum at Blue Coat School. I work across the partnership of schools to support all aspects of Initial Teacher Education to Continued Professional and Leadership Development and oversee all aspects of quality and training.

I lead, manage and quality assure the training provision for Nexus trainee teachers across the 5 strands. I ensure our trainees enjoy a rich, relevant, professional, research-informed and practitioner-led programme which will develop them as informed, skilled and reflective practitioners.

I have been a languages teacher for the last 14 years, working in a variety of school across Greater Manchester. I have always been passionate about teacher training and quality provision. Since my own NQT year, I have worked with trainee teachers in a variety of roles. Prior to my time in education, I worked in industry, both in the UK and abroad.

I have a degree in Criminology and a PGCE and QTS in teaching Social Sciences with Citizenship. Since being in the profession I have gained a Specialist Leader of Education Accreditation in ITE.

Throughout my seven years at Blue Coat I have gained experience of delivering training and mentoring with NQTs and trainee teachers, as well coaching staff in their practice as mentors.
I have previously held the position of ITE Lead for Manchester Nexus, which has involved delivering Professional Studies sessions to the cohort of trainees and delivering training to mentors from across providers. Historically I have also been professional mentor at Blue Coat and I have supported in the quality assurance process across the partnership of schools.

In my current role I oversee marketing and recruitment for our primary and secondary programme, including promoting, interviewing and keeping in touch with successful candidates. As well this I am a Social Science teacher, specialising in Psychology and Health and Social Care.

Prior to working at The Blue Coat School, I was Club & Company Secretary at FC United of Manchester

I performed this role for 10 years and watched the club grow and build its own ground. During my time at the club I studied for a CIPD level 3 in Human Resource Practice which started my pathway into HR.

In my current role of SCITT Administrator, I deal with recruitment requests, process applications and support the recruitment lead in managing the UCAS application process.

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Christ Church Primary School and the Lead Professional Mentor for the Manchester Nexus SCITT. Within this role I support the quality assurance of ITT in the primary phase and I work with other primary partners to plan and deliver training sessions on pedagogy and subject knowledge across the curriculum.

Throughout my career I have worked with a number of primary schools, led a range of initiatives to enhance educational provision across the borough and I have taught in all age groups across the key stage one and two. Through research and continuous professional development I have gained a vast amount of experience and expertise, which enables me to share good practice with colleagues and other professionals.

As a senior leader of a primary school I am responsible for the teaching, learning, progress and attainment of all pupils. I also lead a pastoral team with the aim to address barriers to learning and support families within our school community.

I have been working as a languages teacher for thirteen years and have gained experience mentoring, supporting and developing trainee teachers and NQTs. I have worked with universities, interviewing and recruiting new trainee teachers. At The Blue Coat School I have been a subject mentor in the MFL department. I am now the Professional Mentor at The Blue Coat School.

My current role is to support trainees from the point of offer on the course into their NQT year. I support the delivery of the Teaching School’s NQT programme and ensure all trainees get relevant support once they have secured a job. I also aim to offer guidance and direction in professional development and leadership provision as our trainees and NQTs progress throughout their teaching career.

I am Principal Finance Officer of the Cranmer Education Trust Multi Academy Trust and have been the Business Manager responsible for the finances of the Teaching School and ITE for 3 years.

I am a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser with 30 years experience in the accountancy profession having moved to the education sector 3 years ago.

I am the Director of Post-16 Education and Wider Partnerships at North Chadderton School which involves the leadership and management of all aspects of Key Stage 5 Education. I am also the strategic lead at North Chadderton for all partnership working which includes providing Quality Assurance Support for Manchester Nexus. I have an SLE accreditation in ITE, meaning I am able to work closely with the partnership secondary schools to ensure we offer the very best training opportunities for our students.

During my professional career, I have gained a wealth of experience of working closely with trainee teachers, NQTs and RQTs. I currently lead and oversee the programme of continued professional development for all new staff, ITTs, NQTs and RQTs at North Chadderton School.

Partner Schools

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

Manchester Nexus SCITT works with a wide range of partner schools across the region, offering our trainees some of the best and most varied school experience on offer.

Blue Coat School, Oldham . Crompton House School, Shaw . Hathershaw School, Oldham . Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale . King James’s School, Huddersfield . Marple Hall School, Stockport. Newman College, Oldham . Oldham Academy North, Oldham . Saddleworth School, Oldham . Wardle Academy, Rochdale . Oldham Sixth Form College, Oldham . North Chadderton School, Oldham. St Anne’s Academy, Rochdale. Royton and Crompton School, Oldham. Failsworth School, Oldham. St Damian’s Academy, Tameside. Huddersfield New College.

Christ Church of England School, Oldham. East Crompton St. George’s Primary, Oldham. Hodge Clough Primary, Oldham. Mayfield Primary, Oldham. St James’ Primary School, Rochdale. Greenhill Academy, Glodwick. Northmoor Academy, Coldhurst. Richmond Academy, Coldhurst. Westwood Academy, Coldhurst. Alt Academy, Alt. Stanley Road Community Primary School, Oldham. Limehurst Primary School, Oldham. Lyndhurst Primary School, Oldham. Coppice Primary Academy, Oldham. Roundthorn Primary Academy, Oldham. Freehold Community Primary School, Oldham. Shibden Head Primary Academy, Bradford. Birstall Primary, Birstall. Boothroyd Primary, Dewsbury. Deeplish Primary, Rochdale. Fieldhead Primary, Bradford. Manor Green Primary, Denton. Old Trafford Community Academy, Manchester. Rudheath Primary, Northwich. Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury. Thornton Academy, Bradford. Wilsden Academy, Bradford. Prestbury Primary School, Macclesfield. Kentmere Academy, Rochdale. St Thomas C of E, Oldham.

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