Firstly, our programme is completely bespoke to each candidate; no two people have the same experience because we only train up to 20 each year. Unlike the big university models where you would be one of 200 trainee teachers, we tailor the year to maximise your skills and make you better prepared to teach.
Secondly, because our trainees have the best of both world as you can still attend University lectures and we also provide a Professional Development Programme each week running alongside the mainstream school placements. Our trainees will receive enrichment placements in primary schools, Special Educational Needs settings and Sixth Forms.
Thirdly, we also give a free qualification for our trainees in addition to QTS so they leave as Chartered Teachers of the PSHE Association [Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education]. This gives them an edge over other candidates when applying for jobs, and fully prepares them for teaching beyond the curriculum and preparing their pupils for life in modern Britain.
“Anyone interested in getting into teaching should definitely consider the North Coastal Teaching Alliance. I am so glad I completed my PGCE using the School direct option. I qualified from Edge Hill on the same day as my university friends, with the same PGCE qualification and throughout the year I attended all the same study sessions that they did. The unique thing about School’s Direct was that I knew where I would complete my teacher training placements in September. I also benefited from additional teacher training one day a week, which was delivered by current teachers and educational professionals from within the Alliance. I feel privileged to have secured a teaching role in my first placement school within the Coastal Alliance.”
Catherine Smith NQT History at Meols Cop High School. 2017-18 Trainee