What is Teach North West?
School Direct is a local initial teacher training model for local people, offering a flexible alternative to a further year’s study away from home. Our Teach North West 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 programme Teach North West, in our three location hubs – Teach Bolton, Teach Merseyside and Teach East Manchester, 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 Programme Leads, facilitated by highly effective Mentors and has an exceptional record of achievement from our higher education provider, the University of Cumbria.
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 programme.
Teach North West is run through a network of placement school partners throughout each of our three hubs. Some of these partner schools are themselves 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 Master’s 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, across both KS1 and KS2, and will increase the amount of teaching they do as they are ready, building up the amount of lessons taught gradually over the year, until they are confident in teaching the majority of the timetable and feel NQT ready.
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:
How do I find out more and apply?
We would love to meet you, to book an appointment to chat with us about your teaching journey, contact our programme leads:
For Teach Bolton: Paul Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
For Teach East Manchester and Teach Merseyside: Christina Derbyshire email@example.com
To apply through UCAS:
Provider Code: 14T
Provider Name: Teach North West, SS Simon and Jude Alliance
UCAS Course Code 2CXG
You then need to select your local campus.
Teach Bolton – Campus Code ‘-‘
Teach Merseyside – Campus Code A
Teach East Manchester – Campus Code B
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