WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Relevant school experience
You will be required to complete school-based experience prior to starting your course with The Rochdale Pioneers Partnership. Our team can help you gain this experience should you need to do so – please get in touch.

GCSEs & Degree
A GCSE pass at Grade C or higher in English, Maths and Science for Primary candidates. A GCSE pass at Grade C or higher in Maths and English for Secondary candidates. Equivalency tests may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs.

You must have already achieved, or must be in the process of achieving a degree.

Overseas trained teachers will need to provide evidence that their qualifications allow them to teach in their own countries and that these qualifications are equivalent to UK qualifications (this information can be obtained from NARIC).

Literacy & Numeracy Skills test
You will be required to have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before taking up your training place with The Rochdale Pioneers Partnership. You are not required to have applied and passed these tests before interview, however we strongly advise you to take these as soon as possible.

WHICH SCHOOLS WILL I BE PLACED IN FOR MY TRAINING?

The Rochdale Pioneers Partnership ensure that you are placed in 2 contrasting schools, to give you a the best, and most varied experience possible. We work with a range of schools, each with unique challenges and strengths, meaning that you are able to gain valuable experience throughout your training.

We are lucky that the Partnership incorporates all of Rochdale’s secondary schools as well as partner school’s within our Multi Academy Trust. Also included are six Primary Schools, Special Schools, a post 16 college and an outstanding sixth form.

Partners involved in delivering the training are:
Middleton Technology School (Lead School), St Cuthbert’s, Kingsway Park, St Anne’s, Holy Family, Matthew Moss, Siddal Moor, Hollingworth Academy, Falinge, Oulder Hill, Wardle Academy, Cardinal Langley, New Charter Academy, Redwood, Brownhill, Hopwood Hall College and Rochdale Sixth Form.

The Primary Schools involved are:
Broadfield, Lower Place, Little Heaton, Meanwood, Shawclough, Elmwood and Silver Springs Academy

HOW LONG DOES THE SCITT TRAINING LAST?

SCITT courses run for 1 year. Your training will span the full academic year and will be primarily school-based. SCITT training allows you to hit the ground running once you qualify as a teacher, having already gained substantial experience throughout your course.

HOW MUCH DOES TRAINING COST?

Salaried: This route is employment-based so you will earn a salary paid at point 1 on the unqualified teacher pay scale. You will be based in your ‘host’ school for the majority of the academic year, with a second placement at a different school within the alliance. Of course you would not be expected to teach from day one, but this will be built up gradually following support and guidance from your mentor. Candidates opting for this pathway must be high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience in any career.

Unsalaried: University fees of £9000 are required for this route. Funding options include the Student Loans Company, scholarships, grants and bursaries and scholarships of up to £28,000 for eligible candidates.

More information about funding options can be found here on the DfE website:
www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding

DO I NEED SCHOOL EXPERIENCE BEFORE TRAINING?

You will need some school experience before you apply, to ensure that teaching is what you want to do and to show commitment on your application. If you currently do not have any experience in schools then sign up to the School Experience Programme on the NCTL website and search for our lead school, Middleton Technology School:

www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience