Welcome to Prestolee Initial Teacher Training

Joining #teampresto as an ITE trainee gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and successful teams of Teachers and Leaders in Greater Manchester. The name ‘Prestolee’ is synonymous with educational innovation, with the legacy of famous Head Teacher Teddy O’Neill continuing to this day through the work of Prestolee. Read on to find out how to join us.

Why choose Prestolee SCITT?    

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT BECOMING A TEACHER?
DO YOU WANT TO TRAIN WITH ONE OF THE OLDEST, MOST INNOVATIVE AND RESPECTED EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN GREATER MANCHESTER?

 

CALL US ON 01204 335756 OR EMAIL itt@prestoleetsa.org.uk

Joining #teampresto as an ITT Trainee will enable you to undertake your teacher training with an outstanding group, who will support you to discover who you are as a teacher and provide you with the necessary support and challenge to ensure you are preparing to be the best version of this you can be.

 

Prestolee SCITT received ITT accreditation in 2015 following many years leading on ITT as a School Direct Lead School. Led by outstanding Leaders and Teachers, our programmes offer the most up to date theoretical training paired with tailored teaching placements across our network of partner schools in Bolton and Greater Manchester. 

 

All trainees graduate with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), with or without a PGCE (+ 60 Masters Credits) from the University of Cumbria.

 

WANT TO KNOW WHAT OUR PAST TRAINEES HAVE SAID? HERE'S A SNIPPET:

 "I have finally achieved everything I have ever wanted. Without the support of Prestolee and my super, fantastic class mates this wouldn't have been possible... My life is complete."

Gemma

 

"During the course I was given an amazing opportunity in that I am now the Year 3 Teacher at Prestolee. From being small I have always wanted to educate. The satisfaction I get from instilling knowledge into young minds gives me a sense of purpose and pride second to none. I am proud to be a part of #teampresto and know you would be too."

Alex

 

 

Applications to train with Prestolee SCITT are taken via the UCAS website

How to find our courses:

1. Visit the UCAS website via the link provided www.ucas.com
2. Click the ‘Teacher Training’ button
3. Select the ‘Find A Programme’ link
4. In the ‘Search for a training provider OR select a region’ box type ‘Prestolee SCITT’ and hit ‘SEARCH’

 

WE HAVE 2 PROGRAMMES, with a choice to teach either 3-7 (EYFS and Key Stage 1) or 5-11 (Key Stage 1 & 2)

 

Primary - Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with PGCE (UCAS CODE 2TD9)

 

Primary - Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only (UCAS CODE 2TD8)

 

 

Prestolee SCITT has 3 key aims:

 

  •  DELIVERING QUALITY FIRST TEACHER TRAINING
  • IDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW
  • TRAINING THE BEST TEACHERS FOR THE LEARNERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

We do this by designing and delivering a leading primary programme that pulls in expert input at every level, to ensure you are fully prepared to start your career in the best profession in the world.

 

 

Our partner schools:

We have a growing number of partner schools across Bolton and Greater Manchester, each with specially trained Mentors (see here), and your placements are organised with your residence in mind. You will have one main placement school, with a contrasting placement at another during the Spring Term.

 

 

Minimum Requirements:

 GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics, English and Science (Grade C or above)

A Degree

Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy (a condition of offer) - we can help you with these

 

 

Details of the course and what you will get:

 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) enabling you to teach ages 3-7 or 5-11

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from the University of Cumbria

A one year, full time programme running from September to July

School-based mentor and Lead Mentor

Up to date theoretical training delivered by a range of experts from our Teaching School Alliance.

Tailored, hands-on classroom based training, guiding you to 3 core teaching blocks

Expert guidance and interview practice to support you into an NQT position

 Tuition fees are £7,800 for QTS and £9,000 for QTS with PGCE.

 

 

Need help with your application? 

 Visit us every Thursday between 3.30pm and 6.00pm (term time only) to meet with #teampresto, and receive feedback and advice on your application.

WE AIM TO ENSURE THAT ALL VISITORS BRINGING THEIR APPLICATION WITH THEM WILL BE INVITED BACK FOR INTERVIEW

 

Please email itt@prestoleetsa.org.uk ahead of your visit

 

QTS Skills Tests FAQs and how we can help

 Every Thursday, between 3.30pm and 6.00pm, we also hold free, open sessions for QTS resource access and assistance. 

 

Access to our extensive QTS Library

Access to various practice papers normally payable

Practice tests taken in our mock-test controlled environment

 

Please email itt@prestoleetsa.org.uk ahead of your visit

 

 

About Us

 

Joining #teampresto as an ITE trainee gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and successful teams of Teachers and Leaders in Greater Manchester. 

 

Past to Present - the history of Prestolee

 

Mike Tonge, Executive Head Teacher of Prestolee Primary and Chair of the Greater Manchester Executive Group, understands that for children to access a first class education, they need access to first class teaching, which comes from first class training. Forward 10 years of various roles within ITT and Prestolee Greater Manchester SCITT received its accreditation from NCTL. Mike and his team understand that investment in #teampresto is what makes this a reality, and the commitment to this commences at the Initial Teacher Training stage by training with Prestolee SCITT.

 

The man who started #teampresto

Edward (Teddy) F. O’Neill was the Head Teacher of Prestolee Primary School from 1919-1953, and a pioneer of innovative teaching. Not afraid of backlash from the LA, he battled on with his belief that children required freedom, trust and discovery to learn. In addition to breaking with the tradition of same-old rote teaching, Prestolee Primary School developed a community centre called the ‘Palace of Youth;’ a playground constructed by the children containing a windmill, water gardens and a paddling pool; and a yearly calendar of community events and widely attended illuminations. The school, and his Head Mastery, gained national recognition and in 1950 Teddy received an MBE for his services to education.

 

 

 

And now?

Just like the former Head Teacher, Prestolee continues to aim high and be at the forefront of educational innovation. Under the unwavering leadership of Mike Tonge, Prestolee Primary School is now:

  • An outstanding primary school
  • An accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training (Prestolee SCITT)
  • The Lead School in the newly established Prestolee Multi Academy Trust
  • A National Teaching School
  • At the forefront of educational transformation across Greater Manchester, with Mike being one of few key players in the region leading the educational system for all learners in our respective communities.
  • The producer of Prestolee School Led Conferences – Mike’s commitment to improving the school led system and working collaboratively to improve outcomes for all children was a fundamental driver in establishing the first school led conference in 2014, in collaboration with the National College for Teaching and Leadership

Want to join #teampresto? Contact us today. 

 

Prestolee Initial Teacher Training has 3 key aims:

DELIVERING QUALITY FIRST TEACHER TRAINING

IDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

TRAINING THE BEST TEACHERS FOR THE LEARNERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES

 

We do this by designing and delivering a leading primary programme that pulls in expert input at every level, to ensure you are fully prepared to start your career in the best profession in the world. In addition to providing all the practical and theoretical training you need, we will support you to discover who you are as a teacher; provide you with the necessary support and challenge to ensure you are preparing to be the best version of this you can be; and provide job preparation and interview training ready for your NQT position.

Core training

The programmes have a comprehensive schedule of subject and theoretical training, which is delivered by outstanding practitioners and experts from across our partnership and wider alliance of schools. All training will take place at various locations across our partnership.

In addition to core training, trainees will have weekly sessions as a cohort group to enable discussion, good practice sharing and support. Part of these sessions are response based, and can be dictated by group and individual need as the programme moves along. You will also get the opportunity to elect yourself as Group Leader, representing your fellow trainees during Student Forums and response sessions.

Teaching placements

Hand in hand with the core training is the teaching element of the programmes. You will be based at one of our partner schools for this part of the programme, with location dependant on where you live and preferred key stage, and you will complete a 6 week contrasting placement in an alternative school. All trainees are expertly supported by both a school-based mentor and a professional tutor and there are opt-in opportunities to create a more bespoke programme that is based on trainees’ future career aspirations. There are options to specialise during your contrasting block placement, such as working with an SEN school. You have plenty of time in your base school before your first block placement begins, and this time can be tailored to you. For some this will take the form of observations leading to more interaction with the pupils, and for some more experienced trainees this can be used as an opportunity to push forwards with either group or whole class teaching (contrary to some popular belief, your teaching blocks commence and progress depending on your individual need and capability and you will be fully supported throughout your teaching - for more information on common concerns / misconceptions and questions, click here). 

The programmes follow a September - July timetable and lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE with Masters Credits awarded by the University of Cumbria. 

Further study and opportunities

Another advantage of Prestolee's Initial Teacher Training Programmes is that your training and development has the potential to extend beyond your initial teacher training year.

All successful trainees will be offered further training throughout their NQT and RQT years as part of the Prestolee Alumni Group, which will cover both generic training and individually identified needs sessions. 

What you will get:

  • A comprehensive school-led training programme delivered by the Prestolee ITT Team and outstanding practitioners and leaders from across the region.
  • A University-led PGCE programme leading to the award of PGCE with Masters Level credits on completion of 2 academic pieces.
  • Guided and tailored support from your dedicated school-based mentor, classroom teacher and professional tutor in addition to the SCITT Management team.
  • Leadership development opportunities.
  • Opportunities to observe a variety of outstanding teaching; to liaise with and discuss opportunities & career pathways with school leaders and governors; to immerse yourself in the day to day life of a professional working school whilst retaining the role of trainee teacher.
  • The expectation of employment - whilst there is no expectation for trainees on the core programme, we still aim to continue our excellent track record and guide and support all our trainees into teaching positions.
  • Tea and biscuits: there is always lots of tea and biscuits.

 

 What we expect:

  • A desire to be the best teacher you can be.
  • Hard work & dedication.
  • The rest is up to you

 

Testimonials

  • "One of the greatest assets of this route is the chance to observe so much outstanding practice; I feel excited and completely ready for my NQT year as a result."                      Howie, ITT Graduate 2014
  • “The course produces high quality graduates expertly prepared for the demands and challenges of being a teacher in their NQT year”.

    Karen Graham, Head Teacher

  • "The trainees are extremely well informed through high quality training and mentoring both at Prestolee and in school."

    Philip Ivory, Deputy Head Teacher

  • "My time at Prestolee was invaluable and now I'm proud to be a member of staff here; the support network on the programme is fantastic"                                       Miss Rachael, ITT Graduate 2014