Blackburn TEAM Alliance School Direct


Primary (29YV) PGCE with QTS full time


Wensely Fold CE Primary Academy
Manor Road

Angela Hancock
School Direct Lead Administration Officer
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Tel: 01254 667449


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About Us

We are an established alliance consisting of a lead school who works in partnership with other high performing schools within the borough. Our aim is to deliver outstanding ITT provision in our PGCE General Primary (5 – 11) delivered by experienced practitioners. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to training outstanding teachers to teach in the local authority and beyond.  We have an exemplary employment record as a result of supporting our trainees through every step of the job hunting process and into their chosen line of work.

Evidence from our course completion exit survey shows that our trainees are very happy with the training delivered.

Quotes from our trainees and our Headteachers include:

‘I am so pleased I chose TEAM alliance school direct route for my PGCE as from Day 1 I was straight into school life and very quickly gained a full understanding of the challenges and expectations of the job’ – trainee

‘I am very excited to begin my first teaching post and feel very prepared following a thorough and rigorous course with the highest expectations from TEAM’ – trainee
‘The students we have had have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well. – Headteacher

What We Are Looking For

We seek to recruit – Trainees who possess a genuine desire to enrich the lives of young children and who can conduct themselves in a manner fitting of the teaching profession. You should be committed to becoming an outstanding classroom practitioner whom children value and respect. This is the course for you if you are: A graduate who is genuinely motivated by the prospect of a career in teaching Interested in benefitting from a school-based approach to teacher training Passionate about learning to teach from highly experienced and respected professionals Keen to experience a wide variety of different school settings throughout Blackburn with Darwen including Aided schools and as such we will be seeking applications from some candidates who support the Christian Ethos Enthused by the prospect of working alongside teachers in good and outstanding schools.

About This Training Programme

A Unique Course – Through the delivery of this Primary PGCE course the Alliance is committed to ensuring that our trainees gain the highest level of primary teaching experience and professional development through the close link with our exceptional partner schools allowing you to relate learning from sessions instantly and directly to a classroom environment.

Assessment – This is a full-time programme and the majority of time is spent in school, as it is a Post Graduate Certificate in Education it includes some work at Masters level (level 7). In recognition of the high levels achieved by students on this programme they are rewarded with 60 Masters level credits. The course consists of five modules: 1. Raising achievement of Children 2. High Quality Learning and Teaching. 3. Leading and managing change in the primary school. 4. Pedagogy and Practice. 5. Cumbria Teacher of Reading.

Placements – From the very beginning of September you will be embedded in a local partnership school where you will be learning from teachers in school alongside input from university lectures on a weekly basis who will guide and support you through all stages of your development and assessment.

Staff and Team

Amanda Whittingham
Primary Course Lead

Mike Toyn
University Programme Lead

Angela Hancock
School Direct Lead Administration Officer

Partner Schools

The Redeemer CE Primary School
Avondale Primary School
Lammack Primary School
Roe Lee Park Primary School
Feniscowles Primary School
St Thomas CE Primary School
Longshaw Infant School
Longshaw Junior School
Brookhouse Primary School
Shadsworth Infant School
St Cuthberts Primary School
Audley Junior School Blackburn
Meadowhead Infant School
St Stephens Primary School Blackburn

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