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School Direct

Become a Primary School Teacher in a Year with Teach Knowsley

We look beyond course completion. Join us for your teaching journey and make a difference. From Day One.

Train to teach in your local school and make a difference to local children.

With Teach Knowsley, our School Direct PGCE QTS initial teacher training programme offers graduates the opportunity to train locally, supporting positive outcomes for our local children and working within a motivated and passionate teaching team, enabling you to gain valuable practical experience from Day One.

Willow Tree Primary School, a Vantage Academy Trust school, is the lead school in the Teach Knowsley Primary Partnership and we are very excited to bring this opportunity to graduates in Knowsley.

Vantage Academy Trust have been involved in School Direct with the University of Cumbria from its very first year and we are proud to celebrate a 100% employment record for students completing our School Direct Programme with Teach Bolton. The Teach Knowsley programme will build on this success. For us, this is what School Direct is all about. We support you to become a confident teacher; we guide you beyond QTS, ready for your NQT year, and helping you to identify leadership goals. Teaching is a career, not a course. We look beyond completion. And we begin at Day One.

Apply for September 2020 via UCAS

Provider Code: 14T   Provider Name: Teach Bolton

Why choose Teach Knowsley School Direct?

School Direct is a great way to become a teacher by surrounding you with expert support and guidance from your colleagues. Within our partnership schools we have NQTs, former School Direct trainees, National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education and Outstanding teachers – all loaded with advice, support, experience and skills to kick start your teaching journey.

Our partnership of excellent primary schools enables you to experience a range of school settings with the added benefit of specialist subject teaching input from leading staff in the partnership. School Direct is the ideal opportunity to make your mark. You will experience different schools, building up teaching contacts throughout the year and forming good impressions amongst your peers in readiness for that all important job interview, ready to secure your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

We are excited this year to be working in partnership with other local alliances to bring our trainees an even greater range of experience and expertise.

School Direct is a local initial teacher training model for local people. It offers a flexible alternative to a further year’s study away from home. Accredited by the University of Cumbria, the training comes to you, with all lectures and training delivered locally. The key features of our programme delivered at SSSJ include:

  • Peer working with a group of up to 15 School Direct trainees.
  • A focus on your personal learning journey. We care about you!
  • A typical week is three days a week in placement; 2 days taught study.
  • Plus three blocks of assessed placements where you will be in school Monday to Friday.
  • Experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 placements across our network of primary schools.
  • Training, mentoring and coaching from highly experienced classroom practitioners.
  • A strong focus on pedagogical understanding.
  • Successful completion leads to the award of PGCE and QTS from University of Cumbria.

Where are we?

Our lead school is SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School in Great Lever, Bolton. Visit the individual school websites below to find out more about our partner schools and the range of settings we work with.

To register your interest or to find out more please contact Christina Derbyshire: