Blackburn TEAM Alliance

Want to be an Outstanding Teacher?

Shape your future and apply now for 2021/22

School Direct 2021-2022. 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 paced, professional environment of a busy school, then the School Direct route may be the best choice for you.

Our University Partner


The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships. We’re currently working with 27 school partnerships nationwide, providing hundreds of teacher training places in primary and secondary schools.

The success of our PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning. This learning process allows you to develop your teaching skills and reflect on the impact you make on pupils, the school and the community.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020).

Your training will be delivered by both University of Cumbria tutors and experienced teachers from your School Direct Alliance. With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher.


  • Our School Direct programme follows the same structure as our PGCE courses run in partnership with our School Direct Alliances
  • Both require 60 days of training and 120 days of teaching in the classroom
  • Both cover the same subject and professional development modules
  • Both result in a universally recognised University of Cumbria PGCE qualification

Would you prefer to do all of your training and practice at school as an associate member of staff?

There’s also an expectation that School Direct places are offered based on the school’s assessment of future employment needs, meaning that should the schools you work at during placement have vacancies, you may be considered for them in the future!

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

Yasmeen Ghiwala on Tel No. 01254 667449 (Monday -Friday) or  email: