WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Relevant school experience
School experience is desirable but not essential, prior to starting your course with The 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.

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).

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

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, Great Academy Ashton, 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.

What age range will I train in?

Primary is 5-11
Secondary is 11-16

HOW MUCH DOES TRAINING COST?

Unsalaried: Fees of £9250 are required for this route. Funding options include the Student Loans Company, grants, bursaries and scholarships.

The DfE are offering tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

They are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in design & technology, geography, and languages, including ancient languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.

More information about these funding options can be found here on the DfE website:
Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2022 to 2023 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

DO I NEED SCHOOL EXPERIENCE BEFORE TRAINING?

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:

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