The Pioneers Partnership is a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), providing both the salaried and non-salaried training routes into teaching. Our vision is that every child in Rochdale has the opportunity to attend an Outstanding School and we provide high quality and personalised training to graduates to support this. You will complete training after one year with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Schools are taking more control of Initial Teacher Training. With the school-led programme, you will spend more time based in schools and classrooms than you would on a traditional PGCE course. All training is delivered by current outstanding practitioners from within our Alliance and is wholly school-based.   Trainees complete the training with many more hours classroom experience than those who have followed a university-led route, leaving them more confident and skilled as they embark on their NQT year.

Why train with us?

Last year 100% of our trainees went straight into permanent employment.

Our lead school, Middleton Technology School is an outstanding school in every area as judged by Ofsted. The Partnership provides us with a trusting and supportive network of schools who all share the same mission and values.

We are unique in that we can offer trainees a variety of placements throughout the training year, all within the trust. If you follow the secondary programme, you will experience a special school, a pupil referral unit, a primary school and a post 16 placement during your training. The primary route also allows you to gain a variety of experience, looking at EYFS and early secondary education as part of your training.  Having all placements within the Trust aids communication and ensures your personal training needs are met.

Some school direct courses lead only to QTS at the end of the year. However, our programme also leads to a PGCE qualification.

Our intention is that all trainees will find a job within the Partnership - last year 100% of trainees went on to find permanent employment.

We pride ourselves on the continuous professional development we offer all our staff throughout our Trust of schools. Your training and support will not end at the end of your training year. If you are employed within the trust you will enjoy an outstanding programme of training and development throughout your career with us.


Our Partners

We are lucky that the Partnership incorporates all of Rochdale's secondary schools along with Primary Schools, Special Schools, a college and an outstanding sixth form.  Schools involved in delivering the training for The Pioneers Partnership are:

Middleton Technology School (Lead School), St Cuthbert's, Kingsway Park, St Anne's, Holy Family, Matthew Moss, Siddal Moor, Hollingworth Academy, Falinge, Oulder Hill, Wardle Academy, Cardinal Langley, Redwood, Brownhill, Hopwood Hall College and Rochdale Sixth Form


The Primary Schools involved from September 2016 are:

Broadfield, Lower Place, Little Heaton, Meanwood, Shawclough and Elmwood.



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