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Cheswick GreenPrimary School

School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme with Early Years Specialism.   

                                     Cheswick Green Primary School is delighted to be part of the CREC Early Years Partnership. We have now been part of the successful training of many Early Years teachers through our partnership with CREC. All of the trainee teachers we have worked with have gone on to teach and they still keep in touch with the school. We know that they were well prepared for the job they now love.

We look forward to supporting  more trainee teachers who are on their journey to being an Early Years teacher.


Early years are crucial for learning and development and impact on lifelong learning, behaviour and wellbeing. Would you like to help guide and shape lives of our children?

By joining our primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) with an early years specialism, you can become a qualified teacher to support and nurture children’s development and help them thrive.

CREC Early Years Partnership is a consortium comprising the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, 3 regional teaching school alliances and over 30 'Good' or 'Outstanding' schools from across 4 local authority regions.

This one year full time school based training has been devised to develop high quality teachers to work in nurseries, infant and primary schools. In addition to covering all Teaching Standards, it focuses on multi-agency working, leadership in the EYFS, working with 2-year-olds, SEN/D, and practitioner research. 

 The programme will prepare trainees for teaching children aged 2 - 7 and is carefully structured to combine:

  • three extended periods of continuous, directed school experience which will include a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Foundation Stage class and a KS1 class
  • high quality centre based training
  • action research based assignments.

 The setting of this course in the real world of practice provides the trainees with the opportunities to understand the context and experience working with children from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

 We are committed to training teachers who have the ability to recognise, value and exploit the benefits and advantages offered by such diversity and draw upon them to inform their practice.

 At the heart of the course is a shared view, from across the Partnership, of the child as a strong and highly competent consumer of life, with voice and the agency to take an active and participatory role in their own learning journey. The course aims to produce teachers who are able to create an enabling learning environment which meets the needs of the child and extends beyond the school setting into their home and community learning environment.

 Moreover, whilst the focus is to produce competent, reflective teachers, the programme also places emphasis on the ability to articulate a personal philosophy and professional values, and the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as team work and autonomy.

 We make every effort to offer a place on this course to the brightest, most passionate, and hard-working applicants who not only meet the entry criteria but who can demonstrate commitment and understanding of the profession, its challenges, and values.

So, if you are considering a career in teaching, particularly if you’d like to work with young children, and you think you’ve got what it takes, get in touch.

 Accredited Provider and Lead School: St. Thomas Centre Nursery School (Birmingham)

University Partner: Birmingham City University

Delivery Partner: The Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

Useful links:

CREC Early Years Partnership SCITT website

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