What is School Direct?
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. Our School Direct programme, run as an alliance with the University of Cumbria, follows the same content structure as other PGCE courses, but with a much stronger focus on gaining classroom experience throughout the course.
If you find that you learn best ‘on the job’ and would prefer to do all of your training and practice at school, as an associate member of staff, then School Direct could be the best route for you.
Through our popular and highly effective School Direct programmes – Teach Bolton, Teach Knowsley and Teach Tameside, we prepare our trainee teachers to rise to the challenge of ensuring every child has the best possible start in life.
Our School Direct programme is highly nurturing and trainee-focused; we ensure that each trainee receives a tailored programme to suit their needs, identified from their first meeting with us at interview. The course is overseen by experienced School Direct Programme Leads, facilitated by highly effective mentors and has an exceptional record of achievement from our higher education providers.
Our programme is well-established; we have been involved in School Direct teacher training 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.
Teach Bolton is run through a network of ten placement school partners throughout the area. Some of these partner schools are part of wider multi-academy trusts, teaching schools and alliances – giving our trainees a variety of professional networks to make use of from their first day.
How does it work?
In comparing traditional university-based PGCE and School Direct courses:
- Both require 60 days of training and 120 days of teaching in the classroom
- Both cover the same subject and professional development modules
- Both result in a universally recognised University of Cumbria PGCE qualification
Students who are already graduates, will study for a one-year University of Cumbria Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Masters level, which will give them qualified teacher status to pursue a teaching career and 60 credits towards a Masters Degree.
Our School Direct students will have training delivered twice a week, on location, by expert practitioners, with the aim of creating critically reflective professionals who are at the leading edge of research-informed practice.
Students will have three full-time placements over the year, in two good or outstanding schools, and will begin teaching when they are ready, building up the amount of lessons taught gradually over the year.
Our Partner Schools
Our lead school is SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School in Great Lever, Bolton. Visit the individual school websites to find out more about our partner schools and the range of settings we work with:
St Paul’s CE Primary School
Gaskell Primary School
Sunning Hill Primary School
Harwood Meadows Primary School
St Thomas Chequerbent CE Primary School
Johnson Fold Community Primary School
Gorsefield Primary School
Eagley Junior School
St Peter’s Smithills Dean CE Primary School
How do I find out more and apply?
For Teach Bolton: Paul Morgan email@example.com
For Teach Tameside and Teach Knowsley: Christina Derbyshire firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply through UCAS:
Provider Code: 14T
Provider Name: Teach Bolton
UCAS Course Code 2CXG
You then need to select your local campus.
Bolton – Campus Code S
Not in the Bolton area? We deliver School Direct teacher training in Knowsley and East Manchester/ Tameside. Take a look:
Teach Bolton @ Knowsley Campus Code A
Teach Bolton @ Tameside Campus Code B
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