Pennine Lancashire SCITT

What makes our course so unique?

When our course was first being designed, one of the key aspects was to give trainees a full experience of the breadth of educational provision spanning the full age range. We believed that when trainees are able to gain experience of the curriculum provision for children from early years (EYFS), all the way through to post-16, they are much better prepared for teaching their particular subject specialism at secondary level.

We are lucky to have some wonderful partners who help us put this provision in place. They are all highly-experienced specialists in their fields and it is their input that helps ensure you become a well-rounded and skilful professional.

Special Education

By visiting a special school, our trainees are able to reinforce their earlier work on child development through observation of children’s social, emotional, behavioural and intellectual stages of development. Their observations allow them to explore how children of the same age manifest differences in development, how these come about and how they can best be ameliorated. Tor View leads our work in this area.

Tor View Special School

Tor View is a large, 144-place, generic learning difficulties day special school located in Rossendale, serving a wide geographical catchment. Tor View has an experienced and stable leadership team and was judged ‘Outstanding’ in the last two consecutive Ofsted inspections. Pupils have a wide range of needs from moderate to profound and multiple learning difficulties, including pupils with additional sensory and physical impairments, complex medical needs and autistic spectrum conditions. The school has a specialist provision, the Intensive Support Centre, meeting the needs of secondary and FE students with autism, and other communication related impairments, and severe challenging behaviour. Tor View has three well- established and successful inclusion bases hosted by a mainstream primary school, secondary school and further education college.

Tor View is committed to the provision of high quality specialist enrichment placements for all of the Pennine Lancashire SCITT schools with an emphasis on:

Specialist teaching pedagogies for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD)

Inclusive philosophy and practice

Behaviour management

Supporting the development of multi-agency working skills

Tor View have worked with Astley Park in Chorley, Broadfield Special School in Oswaldtwistle, and Pendle Community High School in Nelson to provide additional locations for our trainees’ enhanced experience visits.

Positive Behaviour Management and Alternative Provision

Trainees spend a day in each of two Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) around the start of the Spring Term. Their experience allows them to contribute whilst they are at the school and also to gain experience in a sector of educational provision in which they might not normally consider working.
This enhanced experience at short stay schools makes a significant contribution to the behaviour management strand of our course. The depth of experience to the core provision and Minor Specialism is substantial, as many trainees use this experience as a research opportunity for their PG Cert assignments.

The Oswaldtwistle School

The Oswaldtwistle School is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and has been involved with us in ITE since we first launched our SCITT course. The school serves a wide and challenging catchment area and offers the opportunity for trainees to work with demanding young people in a well-supported setting, with pupils burdened by problems the trainees will encounter in their everyday teaching.
The Headteacher and Deputy Head both have substantial experience of ITE and have helped to design key elements of our Minor Specialism Programme.

We also work alongside Shaftesbury High School PRU in Chorley and the Larches House School in Preston to complete our provision.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Following work on child development in the induction fortnight, and early in the autumn term our trainees visit two EYFS providers. The importance of sound early years education cannot be over-stated and these visits allow our trainees to focus on the foundations of child development, the principles underpinning EYFS practice and the broader challenges facing EYFS providers. It also gives trainees an insight into the first steps children take in learning to read.
We work with a number of excellent providers:

Bacup Nursery School

Bacup Nursery School has been serving the community of Bacup for over fifty years and is very well regarded by parents and other professionals. At Bacup Nursery School, the curriculum is carefully planned to support children’s learning, development and welfare. All children are encouraged to participate in a balance of meaningful adult-led and child-initiated activities, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Play underpins all learning and development and activities and experiences are planned within the seven identified areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Personal, Emotional and Social Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development


Understanding the World


Expressive Arts and Design


Bright Futures Nursery

Bright Futures Nursery School is a private day nursery for 52 children ranging between nought to 5 years. Like Bacup Nursery, Bright Futures follows and implements the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. First established in 2012 as a joint venture between Governors of Alder Grange Technology Community High School and St Paul’s CE Primary School, the nursery gained an ‘outstanding’ grade during its Ofsted inspection and is developing an excellent reputation in the local area.

Staghills Nursery School

First established in 1955, Staghills Nursery School has changed considerably over recent years. Various changes and extensions to the building and grounds have taken place, as the Nursery School has expanded to meet demand from the community. The school now offers 190 part time places for 2 to 5 year old children. The outdoor play areas have been continually developed and many children choose outside as their learning environment. The Forest School is a really magical place and the school is lucky to have its own enclosed woodland area.

Primary Experience

Primary experience is a mandatory part of a secondary teaching course, and our trainees gain five days’ experience over the course of the year. The first 3 days is in the autumn term at a feeder primary school to their ‘home’ school where they are doing their substantive placement and the final 2 days in the summer term at the end of their main placement.
We are fortunate to be supported by many truly outstanding feeder primaries (certainly too many to list here) and our trainees always return from their visits enthused by the quality of the work they have seen being done. The observations allow trainees to focus on literacy & phonics, building on their EYFS experiences, and to gain a real insight into the standards expected of pupils by the end of the primary phase.