Train to Teach

Do you want to train to be a secondary school teacher?

If so, the North Sefton Coastal Teaching School Alliance’s School Direct programme could be your route into teaching.

We offer a strong and collaborative partnership of schools across the region that are now recruiting trainees for our programme.

Why School Direct?

School Direct is an innovative approach to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which allows schools and colleges more influence over the ways teachers are trained.

It works by letting schools and colleges select and recruit their own trainees.  School Direct offers you the opportunity to spend the vast majority of your time in school or college learning directly from outstanding current practitioners, with a whole range of different experience. School Direct also brings the benefits of a conventional PGCE as the partnership is linked with an HEI, in this case Edge Hill University, which oversees and contributes to the delivery of the programme.


You can download our information pack here


The training lasts for one academic year and leads to the qualification of an Edge Hill University PGCE and QTS and up to 120 credits towards a Masters qualification.

As a trainee teacher on our programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by school expert practitioners working across our partnership. This will facilitate much stronger links between theory and practice, enabling you to apply pedagogical knowledge in the classroom and reflect upon it more immediately.

Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by expert practitioners and outstanding mentors. They make excellent progress in our schools.

Professional Development Sessions will be held across all of our partners according to the best expertise available for each topic. Placements will also be distributed across these schools according to the training needs of successful applicants.

Trainees will have school mentors who are outstanding teachers within their subjects. Each partner school has a School Lead who oversees the training within their school.

You will complete placements in at least two of our partner schools. The first placement will begin with focused lesson observations across the whole school before joining subject departments and beginning to teach and team teach aspects of lessons. After a few weeks you will be planning and delivering whole lessons.

A second placement in a different school will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.

There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will be additional opportunities to experience primary education, special needs and sixth form education on the programme.