Blackpool Multi Academy Trust in partnership with Blackpool Teaching School Alliance


School Direct Primary


Tel: 01253 764130

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Park Community Academy
158 Whitegate Drive
Fy3 9hf

About Us

Who are we?
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance was founded by a group of schools in Blackpool to support Blackpool schools to be the best that we can be, to learn from each other and share best practice. The Teaching School is founded on a belief that high quality teaching and learning can overcome disadvantage and promote high standards in even the most challenging of schools. The teaching school has been developed to promote high standards in all schools whether they be primary, secondary or special schools and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the teaching school and its potential to improve your school whichever phase of education you come from.

Blackpool Multi Academy Trust is a partnership between three large urban primary schools (Anchorsholme Academy, Devonshire Primary Academy and Revoe Learning Academy) and Park Community Academy which is an outstanding special school for children and young people with complex learning difficulties.

Why train with us?
Blackpool is a special but challenging place to teach. Our vision is to train the next generation of outstanding Blackpool teachers to give the children of Blackpool the best possible start in life. Our training will be delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, someone who enjoys a challenge and who puts children and their needs first.

Entry Requirements
Graduates should have a minimum 2:2 degree but preferably a 2:1 or higher.
Ideally you should have experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
Essential GCSE
Grade ‘C’ minimum in Maths, English and Science.
Selection Process
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance will work in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements.
Interview Process
If selected for interview you will be invited to attend for an interview at one of the School Direct Alliance schools. The interview will consist of a written element, a mini teach and a formal interview. Full details will be provided once a candidate has been selected.
The PGCE module element of the programme at level 7 will be delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool. The alliance will offer all trainees the opportunity to access high quality school based training in addition to the 3 assessed placements. Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively will be a focus of our training programme. Trainees who accept an offer to undertake their training with BTSA will be given the opportunity to spend time in school before the programme starts in September 2018.
A unique feature of our programme is the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school setting.
There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme. A four weeks assessed placement in November/December, a 5 week placement in the spring term and a 10 week placement in the summer term. You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases (KS1/KS2) and in a minimum of 2 different school settings.
Student Facilities
Our trainees will be provided with the highest quality of training and school based experiences. As this is a School Direct Programme, additional student facilities e.g. library access, will be provided by The University of Cumbria.
Study Facilities
Each school within the alliance has facilities available to undertake reflective study. Additional study materials and access will be provided by the University of Cumbria.

Where to Find Us
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Blackpool Multi Academy Trust, 158 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9HF,
tel: 01253 764130

Find us on UCAS under Teacher Training- Primary- Blackpool Multi Academy Trust

Staff & Team

Chris Barlow

Job title: University of Cumbria UPL
Job role: Lecturer in primary geography, history, P.E, Education Studies, creativity and subject leadership. Partnership Tutor (for the Blackpool South Cluster) and Personal Tutor.
Highest qualification: PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2009

Gill Hughes

Job title: Programme lead

Andrew Hurley

Job title: Programme lead

Partner Schools

Park Community Academy is an outstanding special school that works in partnership with three large urban primary schools known as the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Our School Direct programme includes the schools within the MAT as well as a small number of Blackpool primary and special schools to form a School Direct Alliance.

Park Community Academy

Anchorsholme Academy

Devonshire Primary Academy

Revoe Learning Academy

Claremont Community Primary School

Thames Primary Academy

Baines Endowed Primary School