Bury Teaching Schools Alliance


Secondary School Direct PGCE with QTS

Places available in:
Art & Design*
Design & Technology (Food* / Product Design* / Textiles)
Modern Languages (French / Spanish)
P.E.* (FULL)
Religious Education.

* SEN placements are available for those with an interest in gaining experience in special education.

Primary School Direct PGCE with QTS


Jo Seddon:
0161 766 1597 (option 4)
Elms Bank
Ripon Avenue
M45 8PJ

Ian Young:
01204 883 415
Christ Church CE Primary School Walshaw
Church Street

Elms Bank Specialist Arts College
Ripon Avenue
M45 8PJ


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About Us

The Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) was formed in 2014 by two Bury National Teaching Schools: Christ Church CE Primary and Elms Bank. The Alliance works in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and a number of experienced schools to deliver outstanding teacher training within local Primary, Secondary and SEN schools to grow our next round of future teachers and leaders.

With our extensive links, and the unique nature of BTSA, we are able to work collaboratively across the partnership to provide a range of experiences for our trainees to help inform future career choices. When planning cross phase and enrichment placements we take into account our trainees own ambitions and interests and respond, where possible, to maximise your experience in placements. For example, all of our trainees will participate in a special school mini-placement during the year, which can be further tailored for those who have an interest in this area. We also offer SEN placements in certain Secondary Subjects should you wish to apply for this option.

All of our partner schools have considerable experience of teacher training, and you will be made to feel like a valued staff member from the start. You will be mentored and coached through the School Direct programme to become a good or outstanding teacher, equipped to complete your NQT year with confidence. BTSA offer both Primary and Secondary NQT Programmes which compliments and builds upon the foundation that has been created throughout your School Direct CPD Programme. There are structured career pathway opportunities in place and established training programmes available to support you in every stage of your teaching career.

We are very proud that all of our School Direct trainees have secured teaching posts following completion of our programme. The majority of our Graduate Teachers are making a difference in local classrooms, however some are using their skills and are teaching overseas! We offer our primary trainees the opportunity to apply to the NQT pool, from which many Bury Head Teachers select their NQTs. Several of our former primary and secondary students now hold middle and senior leadership roles in local schools, making the difference to local children and young people.

If you are inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious and want to share your passion and enthusiasm to make a real difference to young peoples’ lives and futures we want to hear from you.

You should have:
All applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree.

For those applying for Secondary, the degree modules must be at least 50% relevant. You may still apply if you do not fulfil this criteria, however you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course and we will advise you of this. If we require you to complete an SKE then this would need to be completed before enrolling to train to teach with us.

For Primary: GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Maths & Science (can be pending). We will consider applicants who do not already have Science as we can offer the MMU Science equivalency test. Alternatively, we can accept equivalency tests from other ITT providers. Please note that the equivalency option is only available for Science.

For Secondary: Applicants require grade C/4 or above in Maths and English Language. You can apply with these pending, or we can offer you the option to sit MMU equivalency tests.

School experience is no longer a condition of entry to the School Direct course. We do realise that you may wish to gain school experience as preparation for your chosen profession and training. If required, we can help you to arrange this.

All successful applicants must complete Professional QTS Skills Tests before course enrolment.

Staff and Team

Director of The Bury Teaching Schools Alliance, Ian Young, is highly experienced in leadership and management having a breadth of experiences ranging from sixteen years primary headship, working for CfBT as an additional inspector and working as a National Leader of Education engaged in school to school support work for several years.

Elaine Parkinson is a National Leader of Education and Headteacher of Elms Bank, a secondary generic special school (11-19) in Bury. She began her career as an English teacher at Moorclose Senior High School in 1986 (now Middleton Technology College). She moved into special education in 1990. She has held a range of posts in special schools before becoming Headteacher of Elms Bank Specialist Arts College in 2007. She gained her NPQH in 2006.
Elms Bank has gained two specialisms in the Arts and Applied Learning and became a Teaching School and National Support School in 2014 as part of a multiple Teaching School Alliance with Christ Church Primary School, Walshaw. Elaine has worked with key partners to establish Bury Secondary Learning Collaborative. She has been the interim headteacher of a hospital school and has supported a number of schools with a particular focus on SEND. Elaine is also a designated Pupil Premium Reviewer.

As the lead for BTSA Primary School Direct, Sarah has used her wealth of experience as a Deputy Head Teacher, mentor and lead of various teacher training programmes to create an extensive and supportive School Direct programme in collaboration with MMU.

Leader for BTSA Schools Direct Secondary Programme, Julie is highly experienced having a breadth of experiences including Training and Development Officer for Performance Management, NQT Induction Tutor, coaching NPQML and Professional Mentor during 34 years of teaching in secondary education.

Coordinator for the BTSA, and first point of contact for any queries you may have.

Partner Schools

Bury is a small local authority and the majority of primary and secondary schools within the borough are associated with and support the work of Bury Teaching Schools Alliance.

Christ Church Ainsworth CE Primary
Christ Church CE Primary
East Ward Community Primary
Hazlehurst Primary
Higher Lane Primary
Holcombe Brook Primary
St John with St Mark CE Primary
St Mary’s CE Primary
Summerseat Methodist Primary
Sunny Bank Primary
Unsworth Primary
Broad Oak
Specialist Sports College
Elms Bank
Specialist Arts College
Specialist Technology College
Specialist Maths and Computing College
The Derby
Specialist Science and Art College
The Elton High School
Specialist Arts College
Specialist Maths and Computing College
Specialist Science College

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