Pennine Lancashire SCITT (PLSCITT), our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partners, will be hosting an Open Evening for both the Primary and Secondary Teacher Training routes in the near future. An Eventbrite link will be added here when a date has been confirmed. PLSCITT is based at The Hollins High School and comprises of two teaching school alliances, East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership (ELIP) based at Tor View School and East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance (ELTSA) which is also based at The Hollins.

We offer Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through the School Direct route. School Direct programmes are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a School Centred Initial Teacher Trainer (SCITT) – based on the skills they are looking for in an early career teacher (ECT).

Our ELIP ITE programmes are designed by our community of partnered primary schools, both mainstream and specialist, the PLSCITT, which provides accreditation for the programmes, and the University of Cumbria, which provides the PgCE element of the programmes. We are passionate about inclusive education for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are seeking to train and recruit individuals who share our passion to work in our mainstream primary and specialist schools.

Our programmes last for one academic year, starting in September, and you’ll train in at least two Ofsted Good or Outstanding rated schools. School Direct offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. Our School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). We also award you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) with Master’s-level credits.

Our courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. We are currently entering our ninth year recruiting training teachers and have excellent completion rates. In addition, a very high proportion of those that completed the course in July, secured employment ready for the start of the next academic year in September.

With School Direct, you now have the chance to train locally within East Lancashire.

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