Our Vision and Ethos

Our Vision…


Our aim is to design and deliver a programme that builds skills, knowledge and behaviours which will provide the foundation for a successful career in the teaching profession, and not simply evidence Teachers’ Standards at its end point.

We work collaboratively with a range of expert colleagues across our partner schools (leaders, mentors, facilitators and subject tutors) to guide, nurture and support our trainees through their journey to Qualified Teacher Status, and subsequent employment.

 We aim to offer:

  • Individual pastoral care for every trainee’s wellbeing
  • A tailored approach to each trainee’s circumstances and progress
  • A breadth of school-based experiences
  • A commitment to reduce unnecessary work-load
  • A reflective approach that considers trainee and partner perspectives and opinion

Alongside the required skills, knowledge and behaviours, we aim to build:

  • Resilience
  • Reflection
  • Humility
  • Positivity


Our Ethos…


Your SCITT Family 
We’re with you every step of the way!
Our friendly, supportive SCITT team are here for you throughout the year offering advice and guidance both pastorally and professionally.

“Strong leadership, the unique training programmes, the close involvement of schools and the recruitment of high-calibre trainees underpin the success of the Ashton on Mersey SCITT” (Ofsted 2016)

“A strong family ‘feel’ ” (External Moderator report 2020)

Your Teacher Training Journey

A great combination of school and centre based learning, plus wider enrichment opportunities.

Experience in up to 8 different school settings throughout the your teacher training year; two placements plus facilitated ‘hands-on’ learning in a wide range of schools.

“Trainees are fulsome in their praise for the training programme. NQTs echo these positive views time and time again.” (Ofsted 2016)


Your Learning Base 

Our SCITT centre located at Ashton on Mersey School, has been designed specifically to accommodate professional learning sessions in a positive and inclusive environment.

Enjoy full use of our SCITT facilities on our centre based learning days and if you are on a placement as Ashton on Mersey School.

“Well-structured, cohesive and innovative training programmes enable trainees to gain the skills and knowledge to be successful teachers.” (Ofsted 2016)

“Trainees valued the small size of cohort.” (External Moderator report 2020)


Your Employability 

We haven’t done our job until you secure your first teaching job.

Ongoing support programmes from leaders, teachers and members of the SCITT team to support every trainee to secure their first job.

“Trainees and NQTs from this partnership share a number of notable characteristics. They are thoughtful, buoyant and enthusiastic. They are reflective and happy to accept support, listen to feedback and put new learning into practice.” (Ofsted 2016)

“NQTs from this partnership are in demand” (Ofsted 2016)

“The Trust makes excellent use of its school-centred initial teacher training provision to recruit the very best newly qualified teachers. Theses teachers are highly trained and knowledgeable about the primary curriculum. Their confidence in the classroom is high.” (Forest Gate Academy Ofsted 2018)

“Really supportive, always accessible – rapid responses, trainees particularly appreciated the personalised touch.”
(External Moderator report 2020)

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