PLSCITT and ELIP took part in a “Get in Teaching” event in Manchester and look who DFE have made the poster boy for their events!  James is available for catalogues, product launches and the catwalk!

Teaching Together in Europe Visits

In March staff from PLSCITT visited the English College in Prague, The British School in Brussels and St George’s in Rome to carry out risk assessments for the trainee placements taking place this year.  What an amazing experience for our trainees!


In December we were delighted to welcome back our regular guest lecturer Beth Southern, sadly the Omicron variant meant this had to take place on line but our trainees were able to quickly adapt to remote trianing and gained a real understanding of strategies to be used to scaffold learning effectively for EAL trainees.

Teaching Together in Europe

We were delighted to welcome Tony Emmerson (Senior Deputy Headteacher) from one of our European partner schools – English College in Prague to speak to us today (4/10/21).  Tony was sharing the application process and the opportunities for our trainees to train in Prague, Brussels or Rome for a 6 week block.

Mentor Monthly Updates

To read the latest mentor update please visit Oct Mentor Monthly update

Primary PE training

Primary teachers are expected to be experts across the entire curriculum and our programme includes every subject they are likely to teach.  On Friday 1st October our primary trainees were treated to an excellent gymnastics lecture by former International Gymnastics Coach and Judge, Gary Kirby! It was especially exciting for our Primary Director James as Gary ahd trained him back in the olden days!

September 2021

What a great start our new trainees have made to their new careers! Our Friday sessions ahve been extremely busy with sessions led by Mark Burns, Angela Holdsworth, Julie Bostock, Jennifer Woxniak-Rush, Angela Dixon and our very ownvery own James Findlay-Pidcock.  Fridays have combined both primary and secondary cohorts to encourage cross-phase sharing of good practice with sessions on child development, SEND, behaviour, assessment, feedback,  memory, observing lessons and safeguarding to name a few!

Primary Graduation Day

On Friday 16/7/21 our Primary and Primary with SEND Early Career Teachers enjoyed their Celebration Day as they were all awarded QTS.  We are incredibly proud of this group of teachers who all rose to the challenge of training durng covid and all excelled.  we wish them every success in their new careers and we cannot wait to hear how they all get on!


Secondary QTS Award

On Friday 2nd July we celebrated with our secondary trainees as they were awarded QTS. This included our annual awards ceremony, lunch, a toast and an afternoon of catching up!  We wish them every success in their new careers.   This group of Early Career Teachers have trained during an incredibly challenging year – they are now ready for whatever their new career throws at them!

Exciting Opportunity for 2021-22 Trainees

We are very excited that from September all our trainees will have the opportunity to spend six weeks training to teach in Prague, Rome or Brussels, where they will gain experience of the International Baccalaureate and be mentored by expert teachers from all over the world. These placements are sure to give them new ideas they can then bring back to British classrooms, and will prepare them for changes in education as the sector increasingly looks globally for inspiration. They will also get a chance to enjoy living in their host city, where local staff will help them make the most of the cultural opportunities.

Find out more here

It’s #NationalThankaTeacherDay! We would like to thank all the incredible teachers in our team, our amazing mentors and tutors and also would like to make this #thankatraineeday as our trainee teachers are doing a fantastic job! Thank you

Mentor Training

Our mentors took part in session 2 of our TEP training last night, we looked at skills and behaviours of an amazing mentor and also looked at the ingredients of mentor meetings and the setting of SMART targets.  It also gave us an opportunity to review next year’s paperwork.

We are very excited to announce that our School Direct partner – ELIP has a brand new course for this September:

General Primary 5-11 with QTS and Early Years (3-7)

This route is appropriate for trainees with an ambition to work in an Early Years setting in a mainstream nursery or primary school. Students will undertake placements in Early Years settings with a contrasting placement in a mainstream Key Stage 1 classroom. As part of the PgCE, students have the opportunity to produce a small scale research project with support from their University lecturer. Students will be able to further enhance their training with access to specialist courses led by experienced and qualified practitioners.

for more information visit here

PLSCITT English trainee Chloe has organised a competition at Ribblesdale, this was launched on World Book Day as part of the school’s drive to embed a love  of reading.

Learning Environment

Thank you to RS trainee Jessica for her contributions in getting school ready for wider opening with this great wall display.

This supports work taking place across The Hollins in promoting inclusivity.

School Displays

Thank you to DT trainee for producing this display celebrating the work of year 7 students produced during lockdown.  Claudie chose to attend school voluntarily and delivered a weaving project to Y7 studnets in school – well done!

Virtual Art Exhibiton

Well done to ELTSA School Direct Art trainee Mhairi for creating this virtual art exhibition to showcase the art work produced by students at her placement school, The Hollins, during lockdown.  This is a brilliant contribution to the life of the school.

Super School

Well done to PLSCITT and ELTSA School Direct trainees on placement at The Hollins for their contributions to the school’s “Super School” project.  How do you develop cultural capital during lockdown?  Easy!  Ask our amazing trainees. 

29/8/19 and 30/8/19

This year’s cohort of trainees from PLSCITT and ELTSA School Direct spent their first two days having an introduction to the course.  Trainees spent time looking at the Teachers standards and had to use the knowledge from the two days in an “Escape Room” challenge to help prepare them for their first day in their schools.