Why choose us?

The Altius Alliance provides Outstanding teacher training for graduates and those people looking to change their career to inspire the next generation.

The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.

Ofsted, November 2017

School placement

You will be given the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers at Cheadle Hulme High School and other secondary schools within the Alliance.


You will be supported by a dedicated Subject Mentor who you will work very closely with and will also have access to and support from an SLE.


To be making a difference to the lives of young people in outstanding contexts is so rewarding.

Whether you are a graduate looking to start their career in education or someone looking for a career change, the training you will receive within the Altius Alliance will ensure you establish your own identity as a teacher. At the end of the programme you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The academic element of the course will also enable you to gain 60 masters credits and the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Your training throughout the programme will take place in a range of contexts where you will be valued as an Associate Teacher by both staff and students.

Your first placement (Phase A) in the home school will be where you begin to develop your craft and build your confidence.

The second placement (Phase B) will offer you a change of context and an opportunity to experience another school’s systems and practices. Here you will be able to work with new classes and colleagues and develop your ability to adapt to a different environment.

In the third and final placement (Phase C) you will usually return to your home school for the consolidation phase of the training.

Throughout your training you will receive the highest level of support from experienced mentors who are committed to helping you develop the skills to be an outstanding teacher.

From the first training day you will work very closely with your Subject Mentor. They will work intensively with you within your curriculum area to build your skills and confidence in teaching. You will observe and assist in lessons, learning the fundamentals through co-planning and team-teaching as you gradually take on more responsibility and autonomy in the classroom.

Your Subject Mentor will offer you verbal and written feedback on your teaching and review your progress in a weekly tutorial.

You will work in partnership with your mentor reflecting on your progress and setting targets for further development.

Your progress both within your curriculum area and your contribution to the wider school life will be carefully supported and monitored by your SLE.

Your subject knowledge for teaching (SKfT) will be developed through a series of pedagogy sessions delivered by SLEs from each subject-specific area.

This means that your pedagogy development, although supported by academic research, will always be guided by a practising expert.

Headteachers employing NQTs from the SCITT were very positive about how well trainees were prepared for both their subject teaching and pastoral roles and identified their potential as ‘agents of change’ in their schools.

Ofsted, November 2017

See for yourself

Watch our video and gain insight into your teacher training with Altius Alliance.