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St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust

St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust


From September 2019 all schools within the St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust have been involved in a Primary SCITT (school centred initial teacher training) programme as part of the outstanding Altius Alliance which is part of the Laurus Trust. We work with a number of good and outstanding schools from the Greater Manchester area to provide an exceptional training course which meets the needs of each individual trainee.

As a trust of schools involved with the Primary SCITT programme, we offer placements for trainee teachers studying towards their qualified teacher status and a degree in education and also run numerous trainee teacher development days. Since we have been involved in the Primary SCITT route into teaching, we have successfully mentored and supported many trainee teachers, nearly all of whom have gone on to become employed locally, a number within our trust schools. 

Testimonials from previous trainees

I chose to do a school direct route for my PGCE in the hope it would give me more experience in the classroom, and a chance to learn from brilliant practitioners- it did!

During my PGCE, I was a full time member of staff in two schools. My first placement was key stage 2, my second was in key stage 1. Working directly with the schools gave me fantastic insight into what being a real teacher would involve. I was able to work with lots of different teachers who all showed me new approaches to planning, behaviour management, resourcing etc. which I was then able to apply to my own practice. All of the staff across the school have been incredibly supportive; if I wanted help in an area of my development there was always someone willing to help. Even SLT with their extremely busy timetables have been willing to stop what they are doing to support me. Without their support and mentoring, I do not believe I would have graduated as outstanding with distinction.

In my NQT year I am going to continue to work in the school, knowing that all members of staff will support me through it. I am very excited to start my career in such a loving, caring environment, surrounded by people who want the best for me.

If you are considering doing a PGCE, I highly recommend taking the school direct route. I have learnt far more by working on the job than I could have in a lecture theatre, and I feel fully prepared now for my future career.

Former School trainee teacher, now Class Teacher at WDCE

 My experience in the trust started as a volunteer at Didsbury CE Primary. At the time I was considering a career in teaching and after spending some time volunteering at the school I was convinced this was what I wanted to do. The staff were incredibly welcoming and encouraging, so much so that they asked me to complete a placement with them during my PGCE. The support I received during my placement was ideal from day one; I was trusted with the responsibilities of managing a class day to day but supported and advised throughout. I'm fortunate enough now to work at West Didsbury CE and after three years I still love my job here. 

Current Year 2 teacher WDCE

It has been a pleasure to work within the St.James and Emmanuel Trust at Didsbury CE Primary and West Didsbury schools over the last 10 years. I volunteered at Didsbury CE while my children were little and made the decision whilst volunteering that I would like to retrain to be a teacher. Didsbury CE Primary nurtured my career decision; supporting me throughout my PGCE to completion of my NQT. When the trust expanded; opening West Didsbury CE it was an ideal opportunity for me to further my career in leadership and I was promoted to Key Stage 1 lead and last year to Assistant Head teacher at the new school.  The Governors, Matt Whitehead, Hannah Large and other senior leaders within the trust have been incredible in helping me carve out my career as a teacher and now a senior leader.


I have also had the opportunity to guide and mentor many teacher training students and NQT's within the trust, many of which have been successful in gaining new positions, working within our fantastic team here at West Didsbury.


Current Assistant Head at WDCE


What is a SCITT?

SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training and has the huge advantage of being able to provide practical, hands-on teacher training, delivered by experienced, practising teachers based in their own school or a school in their network or alliance.

Associate Teachers (ATs) can expect to gain placements and training in schools with vast experience of initial teacher training, including schools which excel at training and developing their own staff. The course includes a number of school based training days led by Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs) on a range of essential and current themes and based in a range of host schools.

We offer a number of post-graduate teacher training places in collaboration with our partner primaries, all of whom are good or outstanding schools, to ensure that our trainees learn from and with the best.

We are looking for applicants with the potential to become outstanding practitioners.

We are committed to supporting our trainees in finding teaching posts upon the completion of their training and have successfully done so for every trainee we have worked with over the last 5 years as Lead School for the School Direct route.

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