Teaching School

School Experience Programme (SEP)

The Blue Coat School is the Lead School for the Manchester Nexus School Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT).


Manchester Nexus SCITT exists for children and young people: improving their life chances, instilling the joy of learning, and nurturing their development and achievement.  An unequivocal focus on excellence characterises our work, ensuring that everything we do is firmly rooted in the values that drive us – hope for the future, personalised learning and social justice.

Our mission is to train teachers who will inspire, challenge and support all their pupils, both now and in the future. Nexus teachers are committed. They are skilful, creative specialists in their subjects and age ranges who continuously develop their practice and help others to do the same. Our training fosters resilience with a balanced approach that recognises the importance of personal wellbeing amid the demands of this great profession.


Teacher Taster Days/Evenings

The day/evening includes lesson observations (day only), meeting current trainee teachers and receiving key information about the training year. The day/evening is designed to enable you to make an informed decision – is teaching for you? Which route suits you best?

Manchester Nexus (part of the Cranmer Education Trust) recommends our Teacher Taster Days to those people who are considering teaching Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Maths, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Music, Physical Education, Physical Education with Ebacc, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies or Social Sciences at secondary level and hold a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 degree in that subject. We do accept a 3rd in some instances, so do contact us if this applies to you.

Manchester Nexus also hold Taster Days for those considering teaching in a primary school setting.

It is important to note that any further School Experience Programme at The Blue Coat School is only available to those who have attended a Teacher Taster event and have applied to train with Manchester Nexus, have been interviewed with us and accepted a place.



Secondary Teacher Taster Days/Evenings

Our Secondary Teacher Taster Days/Evenings are available for anyone interested in teaching in any subject area listed below in the ‘gaining school experience’ section. All Secondary Taster Events are held at Blue Coat (lead school for Secondary training).

Secondary Taster event dates –

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – 18.00-19.30
Thursday 3rd October 2019 – 8.30 – 13.30
Friday 8th November 2019 – 8.30 – 13.30
Tuesday 21st January 2020 – 8.30 – 13.30
Thursday 13th February 2020 – 18.00 – 19.30
Friday 13th March 2020 – 8.30 – 13.30
Friday 15th May 2020 – 8.30 – 13.30


Primary Teacher Taster Days

Our Primary Teacher Taster Days are available to anyone interested in teaching in the Primary phase. The Primary Teacher Taster Days take place across the schools in our partnership. All Primary Taster Days run from 8.45 – 2.30.

Primary Taster event dates and venues –

Wednesday 9th October 2019 – Lyndhurst Primary School, Heron St, Oldham OL8 4JD
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 – Christ Church CofE Primary School, Crawley Way, Chadderton, OL9 9ED
Thursday 14th November 2019 – Greenhill Academy, Harmony Street, Oldham, OL4 1RR
Thursday 5th December 2019 – Thornhill J and I School, Edge Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury, WF12 0QT
Tuesday 14th January 2020 – Stanley Road Community Primary School, Derby Street, Chadderton, OL9 7HX
Thursday 6th February 2020 – Location to be confirmed
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 – Hodge Clough Primary School, Conduit Street, Oldham, OL1 4JX
Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Location to be confirmed
Thursday 21st May 2020 – Mayfield Primary School, Mayfield Road, Derker, Oldham OL1 4LG


To book a place on any Taster Day/Evening you will need to register with the Get into Teaching programme first. Follow this link to register https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience/sep

If you have already registered on the gov.uk website, you can book a place by simply emailing Nexus on – recruitment@manchesternexus.com