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The Catholic Teaching Alliance (CTA) is a unique programme founded by Our Lady’s High School in Fulwood and in association with the University of Cumbria which allows you to train alongside experienced professionals. You will be spending the vast majority of your time in a school or college setting whilst you train. During your teacher training, you will complete one placement at Cardinal Newman and one placement at one of our partner high schools, which make up the Catholic Teaching Alliance, (CTA). This allows our trainees to gain teaching practice in both 11-16 and 16-18 settings. Teaching across the whole of the 11-18 age range not only increases your experience but also your employment prospects after completion.

You should also be able to show a commitment to teaching, including between 5-10 days of observations in a school or college. You can apply for the CTA before you have completed these observations but should be able to show that you are beginning to organise relevant experience. Discussions about your experience may form part of the interview process.

What can I expect?

Training lasts one full academic year. You will typically spend four days per week on your first placement from September to the end of December, with one day per week spent training with experts at Our Lady’s, Cardinal Newman or the University of Cumbria. On this day, you will be given subject-specific support and training to give you additional support with university assignments and teaching techniques. From January to June, you will spend five days per week on your second placement. One placement will be at Cardinal Newman, the other will be at one of our outstanding partner high schools.

Support for Trainees

We are fully committed at Cardinal Newman to providing a community of support for all of our students. This includes our trainee teachers, so you can expect to receive a great deal of support if you choose to train with us. Our aim is to ensure that all trainees are prepared for and go on to have successful careers in teaching. We offer a great deal of pre and post-course support enabling you to apply for the right course with us. This will help you to get your career started after completing the programme.

We have a dedicated team of staff who will support you through your teacher training, including:

  • Vice Principal, Vicky Bryant
  • Assistant Principal, School Direct, Jayne Whittle
  • Programme Leaders, Katherine Bonner, Michelle Robinson and Emma Watts
  • A Subject Mentor on all school and college placements
  • A Professional Mentor on all placements who oversees the training within their school
  • A designated Subject Tutor with the CTA who will provide support. They will help with the academic assignments contributing to the award of the secondary PGCE
  • A PQO (Partnership Quality Officer)
  • You will also receive pre and post-course support. This will be designed to help you successfully apply for the right course and move to a successful career following your training.

Where will I be training?

You will train at Cardinal Newman College for half of the year, with the other half of the year spent at one of our partner high schools. All schools that make up the CTA are local, with strong reputations for excellence.

The CTA partnership for teacher training Lancashire consists of the following schools and academies;

Lead School

Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire

Further Education

Cardinal Newman College, Preston, Lancashire

Secondary Schools

All Hallows Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire
Blessed Trinity RC College, Burnley, Lancashire
Cardinal Allen Catholic High School, Fleetwood, Lancashire
Christ The King Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire
Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire
Newman Catholic School, Carlisle, Cumbria
Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster, Lancashire
St John Fisher & Thomas More RC High School, Colne, Lancashire
St Bede’s Catholic High School, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
St Bede’s Roman Catholic High School, Blackburn, Lancashire
St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Whitehaven, Cumbria
St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
St Cecilia’s Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire
St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Workington, Cumbria
St Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool, Lancashire
St Mary’s Catholic High School, Leyland, Lancashire

Primary Schools

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What if I want to teach something other than my degree subject?

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKE) can support candidates who do not have a degree in the subject which they would like to teach. Last year, nearly 40% of trainee teachers completed an SKE before embarking on their Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This included long courses for those with prior A-Level knowledge or work experience. Long courses are available until April 2020. They are fully funded by NCTL to equip candidates with the knowledge they need. SKE’s are available in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Languages, Geography, Computing, English, Design and Technology and Primary Maths.

Successful candidate’s whom we think could benefit from SKE will be signposted to our nearest SKE provider at Cumbria University.

Click Here to find out how to apply for the CTA at Cardinal Newman.

For more information, contact;

Telephone: 01772 460 181


TELEPHONE: 01772 460181

Cardinal Newman College,
Lark Hill Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR1 4HD