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School Direct | Teacher Training

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a Teacher Training Programme which we have been offering at Cardinal Newman since 2015 with a track record of proven success, as 100% of our graduates have been rated as either outstanding or good in their teaching practice each year. Our outstanding Initial Teacher Training Programme enables you to train alongside experience professionals whilst spending the vast majority of your time in the classroom. Your placements will be split between Cardinal Newman and one of our partner high schools, giving you experience of working with the full 11 – 18 age range.

Our School Direct Programme is run in conjunction with Edge Hill University, one of the UK’s leading providers of Teacher Training. As the Highest Performing Sixth Form College in Lancashire, we feel that our partnership with Edge Hill gives our trainees the best possible experience whilst they train. We ensure that our trainees receive the highest quality training, which is provided by outstanding teachers and managers both at Cardinal Newman and Edge Hill.

Successful completion of the course leads to an Edge Hill University Secondary PGCE with full QTS. You will also have the opportunity to gain credits towards a Masters qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a UK university. If you are still in your final year of university, we will require a predicted grade from your university referee.
  • At least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths and preferably at least a grade B in a relevant subject at A Level.
  • 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 School Direct before you have completed these observations, but should be able to show that you are beginning to organise relevant experience.


What can I expect?

Training lasts one full academic year and you will typically spend four days per week on your first placement from September to January, with one day per week spent training with experts at either Cardinal Newman, Edge Hill or one of the partner schools.

Each afternoon, you will be given subject specific support and training from your subject leads at Cardinal Newman or your subject tutors at Edge Hill.

From February 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.

What subjects do you offer?

Each year we receive over 150 applications and usually take on 25 trainees.  We offer teacher training positions in the following subjects:


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Support for Trainees

We are fully committed at Cardinal Newman to providing a community of support for all of our students, including 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, offering a great deal of pre and post-course support enabling you to apply for the right course with us and helping you to get your career started after completing the programme.

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

– Vice Principal, Justine Barlow

– Assistant Principal of School Direct, Jayne Whittle

– Programme Leader, Cheryl Glover

– 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 Lead based at Cardinal Newman who provides subject-specific training and support for an afternoon a week through the first six months of the course

– A designated Subject Tutor at Edge Hill University who will provide support with the four academic assignments contributing to the award of the secondary PGCE

– A PQO (Partnership Quality Officer) from Edge Hill University

You will also receive pre and post-course support which 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 which make up the Newman Teaching Alliance. All six schools that make up the Alliance are local, long-standing partners of the College, with strong reputations for excellence.

The Partnership includes:

Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley

Penwortham Girls High School, Preston

Penwortham Priory Academy, Preston

St Bede’s Catholic High School, Lytham

Parklands Academy, Chorley

Darwen Aldridge Academy, Darwen

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), including long courses for those with prior A Level knowledge or work experience. Long courses are available until April 2018 and 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 Edge Hill University.

Find out how to apply for School Direct at Cardinal Newman here.

For more information, contact:

T: 01772 460 181

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