All of us already working in Rochdale know its attractiveness as a place to be - its rich heritage, its proximity to both the city of Manchester and the Pennine countryside, and the ease of travel in an out. But we think there is something more in the way we work that is increasingly making Rochdale a highly attractive place to teach and to lead education: the system we are creating.

Every school in Rochdale - primary and secondary

Is part of local collaborative arrangements. In the secondary and post-16 phases, which are what the Pioneers Trust represents, every institution is a member of the trust: special schools, pupil referral service FE college, sixth form college, schools and academies. Headteachers and principals of all have signed up their institutions to the vision and values of the trust, have agreed the strategic plan, and have an equal place around the table in partnership with the local authority.

In addition

Rochdale is linked to the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership and represented on its executive, bringing wider strategic opportunities from the city region, the combined authority, the mayoralty and leasing schools across GM.

Rochdale is successfully combining two things:

Benefitting from the capacity of MATs rooted both inside and outside the borough, whilst maintaining a locally coherent school-led system in which every institution is a part.

In our view, this makes Rochdale a great place to teach

The borough-wide subject networks mean that the local CPD offer from the REAL Trust is shaped collectively by subject leaders, as well as providing professional space for teaching and leadership to grow. The partnership arrangements between schools and clear agree collective priorities mean that there is support for teachers both from within and without their own school for the locally understood challenges of teaching in the third decade of the 21st century.

It also makes Rochdale a great place to lead.

As a leader in and Rochdale secondary or post-16 institution, you have the relationships and mechanisms to enable both support for your own role and the ability to have greater impact for your moral purpose on the system as a whole as well as your own school or college. Leaders in Rochdale are genuinely leaders of the system.


We would be delighted if you came and joined us, and were part of developing and leading this system for the benefit of Rochdale's children, young people, communities and future. Feel free to get in touch to find out more.

Want to train to be a teacher?

The Pioneers Partnership is a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), providing both the salaried and non-salaried training routes into teaching. Our vision is that every child in Rochdale has the opportunity to attend an Outstanding School and we provide high quality and personalised training to graduates to support this. You will complete training after one year with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Further details about the partnership and how to apply can be found at www.rochdalepioneerspartnership.com