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

We are based at Middleton Technology School and a high percentage of our trainees are employed by out Partner 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 wider partnership extends to the vast majority of secondary schools and colleges within the borough and has expanded further due to becoming part of Great Academies Education Trust which is a Multi Academy Trust. The Partnership also includes eight primary schools.


In Pursuit of Excellence

The Pioneers Team

Sarah Swindin, Director of SCITT

Colette Greenwood, Resources Manager,

Val Robinson, Administrator

All based at Middleton Technology School

Diane Johnson, Primary Lead Consultant

Sue McCardell, Primary Lead Consultant

All based at Shawclough Primary School

Schools can only be as good as the people who work in them.

Our vision is that the partnership will respond strategically to local need by training high quality graduates in order to provide schools and students with great teachers. We are ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ in every aspect of our recruitment, training and outcomes.

All students deserve to be given access to outstanding teaching and learning opportunities. Therefore we will:

* Recruit trainees with the potential, resilience and drive to become great teachers
* Provide high-quality training by experts designed to meet the individual needs of our trainees and the context they work in
* Prepare our trainees with the skills they need to be great teachers in a variety of contexts
* Collaboratively lead and manage the SCITT so that the needs of each trainee and school are met