Cygnus Teaching School Alliance

Initial Teacher Training


Teacher training in the National Maths and Physics (NMAPS) SCITT

We are the National Maths and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) - a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, offering subject specialist teacher training in Mathematics and Physics. As the only school centred provider delivering dedicated Mathematics and Physics teacher training, our programme has been developed in partnership with experts from the Institute of Physics and the Mathematical Association.
Wycombe High School, an outstanding state school, is at the heart of NMAPS. We lead an expanding network of the very best state and independent schools nationally, delivering high quality training and support in a location close to you. You will spend most of your time within a school, building up your confidence and experience, with a weekly academic theory session to support your development.

So why choose our course?

The make-up of the programme

Four days teaching...We have carefully selected schools in both the state and independent sector, with robust Mathematics and Physics departments. You will spend the majority of your course in one main placement school, with six weeks in a contrasting second school to broaden your experience. 

…...for every day of theory - One day per week will be spent in your Hub school or at a national training session taught by current teachers at the top of their profession. We offer a specialist programme of study that allows you the time and opportunity to explore the pedagogy (the art) of teaching, tailored to your particular subject. this will allow you to learn teaching strategies to make you more effective in the classroom.

A nationwide network of hubs

As a national SCITT, we work with schools around the country to support you and deliver weekly training sessions. Our network is growing fast and right now we have hubs in:

Bolton - led by Bolton School

Dulwich - led by Dulwich College

Guildford - led by Charterhouse

High Wycombe - led jointly by Wycombe High School and Headington School

North London - led jointly by the Camden School for Girls and Queen Elizabeth Girls' School

Warwick - led jointly by Kings High School and Warwick School

For more information about our courses please visit our website

How to apply

When to apply

The UCAS system opens in October each year.
We will accept applications until the end of June or earlier if the course is full, so don't leave it too late!
For any enquiries about training with us please e-mail our Administrator, Victoria Plunket at


"My training is allowing me to make a real difference in the lives of pupils. As a teacher I believe I will have a unique opportunity, not just to develop pupils' Maths knowledge, but also to help increase their confidence and desire to learn" - Geert Mathematics Trainee

"I love this course. Really feel like I've developed. Thanks" - Joanna Mathematics Trainee

" I am only a few months into my training with The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT and have so far enjoyed every minute of it. My only regret is not making the decision to teach a few years earlier!" - Andrew, Physics Trainee




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