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School Direct

Get into Teaching! Become a Primary School Teacher with Teach Knowsley School Direct.

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. Meet new friends and make a difference to local children.

Building on the successes of the Teach Bolton programme, from September 2019 we are excited to be delivering School Direct PGCE QTS route to trainee teachers from our Teach Knowsley campus.  School-based, you will train in local schools gaining valuable practical experience from Day One.

We have been involved in School Direct school-based teacher training with the University of Cumbria from its very first year and we are proud to celebrate a 100% employment record for Teach Bolton students completing the School Direct Programme. For us, this is what School Direct is all about.

Our personalised programme supports you to

  • become a confident teacher
  • be NQT ready
  • identify leadership and career goals

Teaching is a career, not a course. We support you beyond completion. And we begin at Day One.

How do I find out more?

Book an appointment to chat with us about your teaching journey.

Contact Hannah Hodgson – Programme Lead 

Email: hannah.hodgson@vantageacademies.co.uk 

Tel/ Text/ Whatsapp: 07540 050464

Apply for September 2019 at UCAS Teacher Training

Provider Code: 14T   

Provider Name: Teach Bolton

Course Code: 2CXG

You then need to select your local campus.

Teach Bolton @ Knowsley – Campus Code A

Not in the Knowsley area? We deliver School Direct teacher training in Bolton and East Manchester/ Tameside. Take a look:

Teach Bolton –  Campus Code S

Teach Bolton @ Tameside – Campus Code B

Why choose Teach Knowsley School Direct?

School Direct is a great pathway to become a teacher as you will be surrounded with expert support and guidance from your colleagues. Within our partnership schools you will meet newly qualified teachers, 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.

During your teacher training PGCE year, you will spent time in at least two placement schools. 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 build up teaching contacts throughout the year and form 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.

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. Delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria, the training comes to you, with all lectures and training taking place locally. The key features of our Teach Knowsley programme include:

  • Programme Leaders from our successful Teach Bolton team – quality and experience is assured
  • Team Induction Day
  • Peer working with a group of up to 15 School Direct trainees.
  • A focus on your personal learning journey. We care about you!
  • Typical week is 3 days in placement; 2 days taught sessions.
  • Three blocks of assessed placements where you will be in school Monday to Friday.
  • Experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • Training, mentoring and coaching from highly experienced classroom practitioners.
  • Guidance and support from dedicated programme mentors
  • PGCE modules delivered by University of Cumbria tutors
  • A strong focus on pedagogical understanding.
  • Successful completion leads to the award of PGCE and QTS awarded by University of Cumbria.

Where are we?

Our lead school is Knowsley Lane Primary School.