School Direct

Want to be an Outstanding Teacher?

We are an established alliance consisting of a lead school who works in partnership with other high performing schools within the borough. Our aim is to deliver outstanding ITT provision in our PGCE General Primary (5 – 11)  delivered by experienced practitioners. We have a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to training outstanding teachers to teach in the local authority and beyond.  We have an exemplary employment record as a result of supporting our trainees through every step of the job hunting process and into their chosen line of work.

Evidence from our course completion exit survey shows that our trainees are very happy with the training delivered.

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 we have had have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well. – Headteacher

School Direct Information Sessions 2020. 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 2020/21 through the UCAS Teacher Training system from 8th October 2019.  Further information about the application process is available from the (click on the following link) UCAS Teacher Training website.

When you look for our Alliance it is listed as Blackburn TEAM Alliance and the course code is 29YV (click on the following link)  BLACKBURN TEAM ALLIANCE.  The fee is £9250.  To apply – We do not offer a salaried course.  If you require work experience please contact Angela 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 Angela Hancock on Tel No. 01254 667449 (Monday -Friday) or  email

You can also come along to one of our School Direct Information Sessions.  Please see the dates and times below:

Blackburn TEAM Alliance

School Direct Information Sessions


This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to our School Direct team and past student teachers (if available). You can talk to us about what the course involves how our training is delivered and have a look around our school. We can discuss options for gaining some school experience and we can offer support and guidance, to prepare you for completing your application and interview technique preparation

Below is a list of what we provide. Staff will be able to answer your questions at the event.

Excellent employment statistics
Excellent satisfaction ratings from previous students
Excellent completion statistics (how many who started vs how many completed)
Minimal travel time to placement
Outstanding Teaching by subject leaders
Dedicated training space
Core texts available via student library
Excellent placement outcomes
First class student support on a daily basis
Excellent opportunities to gain experience of supporting EAL learners

Course Content
2 days in school
1 day teaching theory – Postgraduate study
2 days National Curriculum study led by leading edge ‘Specialist Leaders of Education’

Many of our previous students are now employed by schools in our alliance and we actively encourage them to become mentors for future trainee teachers.

Date and Time:     4th February  2020               14:00 to 15:00     

                                   5th March     2020                  17:00 to 18:00     

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Venue details

Name:            Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy

Address:       Manor Road, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 6LX

Telephone:    01254 667449

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Information for primary students, schools and settings 2020-21

Please follow the following link for The University of Cumbria handbooks etc for 2020-21. On this page, you will find the most up to date policies, guidance and forms relating to the Primary Partnership.

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