Blackpool Teaching School Alliance


School Direct Primary


Tel: 01253 764130

Park Community Academy
158 Whitegate Drive
Fy3 9hf


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About Us

Who are we?

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) are leading the way for school-led teacher training in Blackpool. The BTSA 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. BTSA 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. BTSA has been developed to promote high standards in all schools whether they be Primary, Secondary or Special Schools. Blackpool Teaching School Alliance currently has 28 Schools in Blackpool that support our School Direct Programme. We also work with 5 Special Schools Park Community Academy, Woodlands Special School, Great Arley School, Highfurlong School and Hillside Specialist School and College.

Why train with us?

Blackpool is a rewarding yet 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 is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria. In addition, if you have a passion for teaching children with Special Educational Needs we also offer a specialist SEND route into teaching.

What are we looking for?

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

Entry Requirements

Graduates should have a minimum 2:2 degree but preferably a 2:1 or higher. They also need GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.


Teaching is a unique vocation, experience in school (paid or voluntary) before applying for the course ensures you have a realistic view of the career and what it entails.

Selection Process

Blackpool Teaching School Alliance works 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 BTSA schools. The interview will consist of an academic discussion, a mini teach and a formal interview. Full details will be provided once a candidate has been selected.

The Programme

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance offers 2 School Direct courses both leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.

  • Primary
  • Primary with SEND

Our School Direct programmes are so successful because they immerse you into life in a Primary or Special School. You will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in after school clubs, CPD events and a range of whole school events. Alongside this you will receive 1 day per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by practicing teachers. A further 1 day per week will be spent studying the PGCE module element of the programme at level 7, which is delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool. 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.


There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme. A 4 weeks assessed placement in November/December, a 5 week placement in the spring term and a 9 week placement in the summer term. You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in a minimum of 2 different school settings. Students undertaking the Primary with SEND programme will be hosted in two SEND settings across the year and can undertake up to 2 assessed placements in a Special School with the additional placement in a mainstream setting. Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream schools. However a unique feature of our Primary programme is the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school setting whilst being hosted in a mainstream setting.

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 and Student Support Services, 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

Park Community Academy, 158 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9HF

Tel: 01253 764130



Find us on UCAS under Teacher Training- Primary- Blackpool Multi Academy Trust training provider
code: 1XH- Primary – Training programme code=2TTQ
1XH- Primary with SEND – Training programme code=38TK

Staff and Team

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

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.

Anchorsholme Academy
Baines Endowed Primary School
Bispham Endowed Church of England Primary School
Blackpool Gateway Academy
Boundary Primary School
Devonshire Primary Academy
Hawes Side Academy
Highfurlong Special School
Kincraig Primary School
Layton Primary School
Moor Park Primary School
Norbreck Primary Academy
Park Community Academy
Revoe Learning Academy
St John Vianney’s Catholic Primary School
St John’s Church of England Primary School
St Nicholas Church of England School
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School
Stanley Primary School
Thames Primary Academy
Unity Academy Blackpool
Waterloo Primary Academy
Westcliff Primary Academy
Westminster Primary Academy

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