School Direct at Turton


PGCE Primary (3-7 years)
PGCE Secondary (5-11 years)
PGCE Secondary (11-16 years), with subjects including:
Art & Design
Business Studies
Design & Technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Physical Education
Religious Education
Psychology & Social Science


Turton School
Bromley Cross Road

01204 333233 ext. 215


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About Us

We are a highly successful School Direct provider offering training places in Primary and Secondary, working in partnership with successful schools across the North West, invested in teacher education.

Our programme differs from other, more traditional teacher training routes in that our trainees will be placed in a home school for the majority of their training. A short, 6 week placement will be done in a complementary setting and a piece of action research will be undertaken during this time.

The most striking difference is the university involvement. Liverpool John Moores University deliver the academic programme on site, at Turton School, one day a week. There is no long commute to campus and the training is personalised and bespoke. You have subject pedagogy sessions with tutors from LJMU and have a personal tutor (subject led) on site too. This is what makes our teacher training programme so personalised.

In 2020/2021, we plan to develop and extend our programme, to further develop high quality training that is tailored to suit the needs of all our partnership schools. Working with LJMU strengthens the support, guidance, training and development opportunities for schools and trainees. LJMU is highly regarded across the North West and is the best Initial Teacher Training provider in Merseyside. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work collaboratively, sharing best practice and further increasing the breadth of expertise and the quality of our provision.

We have many years of experience in offering Initial Teacher Training, which has led to a resoundingly positive reputation with our partnership schools and our university partner. Trainees leave our programme as highly employable NQT’s. Our trainee into employment figure exceeds national figures, with 99% of our trainees in employment by September 2019. We are proud that the majority of our trainee teachers go onto teach in schools across the North West.

Why are we different?

We work with up to sixty trainees each year developing a personalised teacher training programme for each person. Continual improvement is at the heart of the work that we do, and by offering a year-long placement we feel that trainees will reap the benefits of the expertise and time that our expert ITT Mentors will invest. Importantly, a longer placement provides the pupils and the school with continuity. The advantage of this is that trainees see themselves as part of the whole school community.

We are also happy to offer a PGCE which has active research at its core, high academic expectations and a focus on developing and nurturing reflective teachers.

What we can offer you

Our aim is simple; for School Direct at Turton partnership schools to work together to shape the future of teaching. We want to develop resilient practitioners who are passionate about education and determined in their own desire to influence the life chances of young people. The best way to do this is through school-based training.

To this end, we offer

  • High quality training and on-going support for trainee teachers
  • A cohort of committed ITT mentors who are committed to teacher education, training and development
  • Professional development opportunities for trainee teachers on our programme
  • A comprehensive ITT programme which will be based at Turton School, Bolton, one day each week
  • A lead school who will listen, support and work collaboratively with partnership schools to create and deliver a high quality PGCE teacher training programme

Upcoming event:

Event title: School Direct at Turton Information Evening

Target audience: Graduates, career changers, prospective teachers

Summary of your event: A chance to meet School Direct at Turton Teacher Training teams in primary and secondary education.

Information about your event: You will have an opportunity to discuss your current situation as an undergraduate or graduate looking for a career in teaching. If you are considering a career change this would be an opportunity for you to explore the next steps with our experienced team.

Thursday 27th February 4pm – 7pm

Turton School
Bromley Cross Road

Staff and Team

Jo Parr – Programme Director
Emily Davison – Professional Mentor
Lily Murphy – Professional Mentor
Farrah Mamedy-Jackon – Professional Mentor
Wendy Whipp – School Direct Administrator

Partner Schools

Westhoughton High School
Rumworth School
Belmont Primary School
St John the Evangelist School
Eagley Infant & Junior School
Little Hoole Primary School
Claypool Primary School
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
High lawn Primary & Nursery School
Ladybridge High School
ESSA Academy
Thornleigh Salesian College
Hardy Mill Primary School
Egerton CP School
Sharples High School

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