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, we have arranged additional sixth form experience for a student who had an interest in this area. For those primary students with an interest in SEN we have arranged additional SEN time in a specialist school. We are unique, and proud, to be able to offer the opportunity to train to teach in a local and outstanding special school as well as a local mainstream school in various secondary subjects. This does not change the title of your qualification, however can be invaluable for those who may be interested in special education or who simply wish to take advantage of this option to increase your breadth of teaching during your teacher training.
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:
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 were required to complete Professional QTS Skills Tests. The skills tests will be replaced with a new system of provider-led assurance. This new approach will see trainees being assured against a set of fundamental mathematics and English skills we would expect them to have by the end of their initial teacher training.
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. 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.
Catherine is responsible for overseeing various programmes within Bury Teaching Schools Alliance and is involved in planning for those entering the profession in our School Direct programmes through to those wishing to pursue Senior Leadership or Headship qualifications.
Lynsey is the Administration Assistant for Bury Teaching Schools Alliance and will be involved in all stages of communication, from acknowledging receipt of your application with us through to reminders of your CPD sessions each week.
Victoria Wulff is an Administrator for Bury Teaching Schools Alliance. Within her role, she is responsible for the administration of the NQT Pool, Bury Governor Development Courses and the Appropriate Body.
Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) works collaboratively with a number of schools across Bury to offer Primary, Secondary and SEN School Direct placements. We value our relationships with Bury schools and encourage our Bury colleagues to support us from the very first stages of recruitment.
We take pride that 100% of our School Direct placements have been within the Borough of Bury and are proud to offer our trainees the opportunity to begin teacher training in a Bury school. Please note that the below list is not exhaustive and does not include those schools willing to provide future placements: