Trainees now have the opportunity to undertake their Skills Tests an unlimited number of times – to view further information and find testing centres visit


Relevant school experience
School experience is desirable but not essential, 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/ Grade 4 or above in English, Maths and Science for Primary candidates. A GCSE pass at Grade C/ Grade 4 or above 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).

Maths Proficiency Test
You will be required to complete a Maths Proficiency Test before you begin training  with The Rochdale Pioneers Partnership. You are not required to have passed this test before interview. We will send details on how you can complete the test on receipt of you confirming your offer onto the programme.

A DBS Enhanced Disclosure check (previously known as a CRB check) is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses where trainees may be placed in a position of trust working with children and/or vulnerable adults. The DBS Service will carry out a check to confirm whether you have any criminal convictions, cautions or reprimands registered against you and you will not be able to start your teacher or early years training until we have received confirmation of your DBS clearance.

Applicants for Initial Teacher Training will also be subject to the following checks, in addition to criminal records checks, which are designed to ensure that the process to assess suitability to teach is as rigorous as possible:

– Prohibition Order check

– Entrants to Primary ITT programmes are now also required to complete and sign the Childcare Disqualification Regulations Form.

Fitness to teach – You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the Pioneers Partnership.

Please see our How to Apply page for more information on our Entry Requirements.


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


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.

What age range will I train in?

Primary is 5-11
Secondary is 11-16


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 £9250 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.

Trainees in chemistry, computing, maths or physics could be eligible to an enhanced bursary. Scholarship trainees will receive an enhanced bursary of £26,000 if they secure an ITT place by September 2021

More information about funding options can be found here on the DfE website:


School experience is desirable but not essential. 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: