School Direct

Want to be an Outstanding Teacher?

We are an established alliance led a highly successful National Teaching School who work in partnership with 22 high performing schools within the borough

Our aim is to deliver outstanding ITT provision delivered by outstanding practitioners who have all been designated Specialist Leaders of Education appointed from the schools in our alliance. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience.

Our partnership of schools provides a diverse range of settings which include schools with predominantly EAL learners and faith schools.

Our training is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria who are the 3rd largest School Direct higher education partner in the UK and the largest in the North West to offer the full PGCE qualification, complete with Masters Level components.

At the end of the  academic year 2014/2015,  16 out of 18 Associate Teachers gained employment within Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire.

At the end of the last academic year 2015/2016,  all 16 of  our Associate Teachers gained employment within Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire and 1 Associate Teacher gaining employment in a Spanish school in Valencia..

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 whom we have trained have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well that we have employed them both’ – Headteacher The course has provided me with one of the strongest NQT candidates that I have seen – Headteacher

‘Well organised, well structured and well monitored, The students spend more time in the classroom on this course and the support that they get ensures that they are very well prepared for their first job as a teacher – Headteacher

What we are looking for…

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.

What are my career prospects…

School Direct has an expectation of employment for those who have successfully completed the programme.  As an alliance of schools we guarantee that we will help and support you to receive an interview through the Blackburn with Darwen NQT Pool.  You will also receive extensive training in application form completion, interview technique and other skills to aid you in gaining employment.

To be an outstanding teacher takes energy, commitment and dedication.  If you feel ready to train within the fast paces, professional environment of a busy school, then the School Direct route may be the best choice for you.

How to apply for your place…

You can apply for a School Direct place for 2018/19 through the UCAS Teacher Training system from 20th October 2017.  Further information about the application process is available from the UCAS Teacher Training website.

When you look for our Alliance it is listed as Blackburn TEAM Alliance and the course code is 29YV  BLACKBURN TEAM ALLIANCE.  The fee is £9250.    If you require work experience please contact Mary who will arrange this for you at Wensley Fold.

For more information…

We will be delighted to assist with any enquiries you may have regarding our School Direct Programme.  If you would like to find out about our programme and if you have any questions please contact Mary Hutchison on Tel No. 01254 667449 (Wednesday -Friday) or  email

Please click on the link below to see the National college for Teaching and Leadership School Direct SLE Case Study

Our Class of School Direct PGCE 2014 – 2015

Our Class of School Direct PGCE 2015 – 2016

Our School Direct Class of 2016 – 2017