We offer Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct route. School Direct programmes are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a School Centred Initial Teacher Trainer (SCITT) – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Our School Direct programmes are designed by the mainstream primary and specialist schools within our teaching school alliance in partnership with the University of Cumbria, which provides accreditation for the programme. We are passionate about inclusive education for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are seeking to train and recruit individuals who share our passion to work in our mainstream primary and specialist schools.

Our programmes last a year, and you’ll train in at least two good or outstanding schools. It offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. Our School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). We also award you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) with Master’s-level credits.

Our courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. We are currently entering our fourth year training teachers and in the last three years, all our trainees have successfully completed the course. In addition, a very high proportion of those that completed the course in July, secured employment ready for the start of the next academic year in September.

With School Direct, you now have the chance to train locally within East Lancashire.