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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Teacher Training

School Direct

Consilium SCITT is based in Salford at Buile Hill Academy. We were graded Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in October 2016.

Inspection Judgements - please click the button below for further information

School Direct places are available in the following routes to train within the Buile Hill Academy Consilium SCITT from September 2019:

You will find us on UCAS listed as “Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT” under the institution code 1MS

  • Art & Design (UCAS Code 3827)
  • Chemistry (UCAS Code 3828)
  • Computing (UCAS Code 3829)
  • Design & Technology (UCAS Code 382B)
  • English (UCAS Code 382C)
  • Geography (UCAS Code 382D)
  • History (UCAS Code 382F)
  • Mathematics (UCAS Code 382G)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (UCAS Code 382H)
  • Music (UCAS Code 3DK2)
  • Physics (UCAS code 382J)

Buile Hill Visual Arts College Mission Statement

Outstanding student progress is held at the core of the Consilium SCITT. Our trainees are skilled at observing learning, have an acute understanding of what makes people learn best, and teach intuitively, enabling all students to progress ‘beyond expectations’. Our aim is that the trainees, as well as their students, will go ‘beyond expectations’ in terms of the progress that they make. Outstanding teaching leads to outstanding progress.

Entry Requirements for School Direct

  • An Honours Degree (preferably a 2:2 degree or above)
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Mathematics and English Language

School Experience

Although not compulsory, we would recommend that you gain some school experience as it is extremely beneficial to applicants to get an insight into how a school is run. You can gain experience in a variety of schools by contacting the NCTL

Skills Tests

All applicants who successfully pass the interview stage, and are made an offer of a place on the SCITT, will be asked to complete Numeracy and Literacy Tests, you can find more details via this link

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Sometimes, applicants who are made an offer of a place will be required to gain additional Subject Knowledge Enhancement; this is within the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Science, MFL, and Geography. These attract a bursary and more details can be found by following this link

Placements while training

While you are training you will complete two placements, Placement A1 and A2 will take place during the autumn and summer term and tends to be at the same school within our Alliance. Placement B will take place during the Spring Term and will with a contrasting School, again within our alliance.

You will also complete three weeks of enhanced placement which involves spending a week at a Primary School, a week in a Post 16 setting and a week at a Special School within our alliance.

Bursaries and funding

There is financial support available for trainee teachers, you can get up to £30,000 tax-free while you train. Details of the available bursaries can be found here:

There is also Scholarships available within Computing, Chemistry, Geography, Languages, Maths, and Physics (please see the separate link for more information). 

What Ofsted say

  • A strong moral purpose, shared vision and high expectations place the needs of trainees, students and schools at the heart of this successful, school-led, Salford-based ITE partnership
  • A collegial and collaborative approach, open and honest communications, positive relationships and a passionate commitment to training teachers who are fully equipped to meet the needs of schools.
  • High employment and completion rates attest to the partnership’s extremely positive contribution to the local area’s supply of good or better teachers and its growing reputation as a high-quality ITE partnership
  • Crystal-clear documentation provides a progressive structure for delivering very coherent training across the partnership and supports trainees and mentors extremely effectively

What our trainees say

  • Lots of CPD, fantastic support and excellent training.
  • Overall - the training best prepared me to teach in a classroom, lots of practical advice and guidance.
  • Throughout my training so far I have received much support in implementing and maintaining successful behaviour management strategies in my classes


100 per cent of our trainees have been awarded QTS since the course commenced in September 2014. We have a 100 per cent employment rate, many securing NQT posts within alliance schools.

School Experience Programme

Working in partnership with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, we offer regular days throughout the year to visit Buile Hill through the School Experience Program. These are offered within the core secondary subjects – Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages, English, History, Geography, and Computer Science.

During your initial day visit, you will spend time observing lessons, meeting staff and students, and gaining all the information you will need to take your first steps into the teaching profession. After the initial visit, if you are interested in applying to Consilium SCITT you will be able to book additional follow up days. For the visit you will be accompanied by a member of staff at all times if you don’t have DBS check.

You will be able to apply for the School Experience Program if you hold 2:2 degree or alternatively you can apply as an undergraduate if you:

      • are in your final year of studying for a degree, and
      • are interested in teaching one of subjects offered, and
      • are predicted at least a 2:2 degree

You will need to register with the National College of Teaching and Leadership before you can apply for the School Experience Program. Once you have registered, you can apply for the School Experience Program by calling the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.

The Teaching Line will contact you once you have registered and it has been confirmed that you meet the requirements. You can contact the Teaching Line by or on freephone 0800 389 2500 if you have any questions about your application.

Previous participants in the School Experience Program at Buile Hill have said:

“This is a remarkable school, where the staff are extremely supportive of the students. A ‘you-can-do-it’ philosophy is encouraged among the students, which is crucial for increasing their confidence and raising their aspirations. The students should be proud of themselves and of their school. I was made to feel thoroughly welcome and valued throughout my entire visit.”

“It was great to meet professionals who love what they do!”

“Thanks to everybody whom I met. I can say that staff are very supportive and do the best for the children. I will take good memories with me.”

Teacher training overview

Buile Hill Academy is proud to act as both a lead and partner school for Consilium SCITT Providers of Outstanding Teacher Training.

The Consilium SCITT partnership have been training outstanding teachers for over 6 years. Our expert teacher trainers understand how to achieve the best outcomes for students and new teachers, ensuring that all our trainees are successful. Our blend of individualised training, mentoring, coaching and classroom teaching is targeted to ensure you can make a difference to students’ learning from day one and hit the ground running as an NQT school-led training provides at least 170 days’ training across 2 different schools, within our partnership. 3 weeks enhancement placements, Primary, 16+ setting and a special school. One day a week you will be trained, focusing on the development of pedagogy and subject knowledge. Trainees on all our routes into teaching spend the majority of time in school and gain a nationally recognised QTS qualification and PGCE.