Inspired to Teach?
Pennine Lancashire enjoys a diverse cultural make-up, beautiful countryside and a growing local economy. With views of Pendle Hill, our partnership offers you one of the most idyllic places to complete your teacher training.
Why Train with us?
Training to teach in schools is a fantastic way to become immersed in every aspect of school life.
We are a small cluster of eight like-minded, committed Secondary Schools, who have worked together to develop comprehensive and robust training programmes. ITT students on placement at MHCC are fully supported through a well-structured professional studies programme, access to the ICT infrastructure, a networked laptop, a dedicated work room and professional library. ITT students become fully immersed in school life by their attachment to a form group and involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Our College facilities enable ITT students to be fully prepared for teaching in the 21st century by enabling them to use interactive whiteboards, creative learning spaces, lecture theatres and a large wider outdoor environment. Our new College is fully equipped with wi-fi throughout and state of the art facilities across the whole curriculum.
MHCC has supported the development of ITT students over the last 8 years this has involved a variety of placements and HEI partners. We have well established links with Edge Hill University and Cumbria University, but have also worked with Bradford College, Huddersfield University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Open University. We have hosted ITT students across the curriculum for both initial and developmental placements in PGCE courses, Undergraduate courses, GTP placements, Pre application visits, Work experience and Role shadowing.
We believe that ITT is pivotal to our College development as it encourages our staff to be reflective and progressive in their practice and as practicing teachers, our fully trained mentors are in a prominent position to help develop the teachers of the future. Our ITT mentors are supported by their HEI subject mentors, online and face to face CPD, an experienced Professional Mentor and the AHT (teaching and learning) to ensure their support of ITT students is holistic and forward looking.
The children and young people in our schools have a right to be taught by outstanding teachers.
It is our purpose to:
- select trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers
- provide challenging and stimulating training designed to create inspirational teachers
- focus on trainees’ personal, intellectual and professional development
- prepare trainees for a possible role in one of the Alliance’s schools
- lay the foundations of all our new teachers achieving a Master’s degree.
The Partnership offers two routes into teaching depending on which subject you are interested in:
The Pennine Lancashire School Direct Partnership
The Pennine Lancashire School Direct Partnership offers a Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certificate and the opportunity to gain Master’s Level Credits.
Subjects Offered: Biology, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Education
The Pennine Lancashire School Centred Initial Teacher and Education Partnership (SCITT)
The Pennine Lancashire School Centred Initial Teacher and Education Partnership (SCITT) offers Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certificate and the opportunity to gain Master’s Level Credits.
Subjects Offered: Mathematics, English, History, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Computer Science, Art
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“I chose the school direct route into teaching as it enabled me to undertake pratical school based training, in a setting where I was surrounded by outstanding professionals with a wealth of experience. These colleagues went above and beyond, to offer support and advice when needed. The small size of the cohort meant that individual training needs could be met, by offering mentoring sessions on specific aspects of teaching practice. The experience I gained on contrasting placements, and guidance I received throughout the programme, enabled me to complete the year graded ‘outstanding’, employed and feeling fully prepared to start my career as an NQT.”
“My School Direct experience was both challenging and extremely rewarding. A continuous network of support provided by Curriculum Teachers, Professional Mentors and Edgehill University resulted in myself receiving valuable advice and gaining a wealth of knowledge which I could then transfer into a school environment. As a result of School Direct and their constant high expectations, I feel that I have developed into a professional, confident and inspiring teacher.”
How to Apply
To apply to either of our training courses, log into UCAS and search for the Pennine Lancashire SCITT or Marsden Heights Community College through the UCAS teacher training option.
Edge Hill University
Professional Skills tests
It is a requirement that you have passed your professional skills test prior to starting your training. Edge Hill University are offering free support sessions for literacy and numeracy.
To find out more or to book onto the next available session, contact the Access team on:
Telephone: 01695 657148
The Teaching Standards 2012
The Teacher Standards 2012 set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers. It is these standards that all teachers, whether trainees, newly qualified or have many years of experience adhere to. More information on these standards can be found here: