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From September 2014 we will be supporting the SCHOOL DIRECT route for trainee teachers - click here for more info



Why Train With Us?
Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy together with The Redeemer CE Primary schools have formed a partnership alliance TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) with other high performing schools (including Roe Lee Park Primary School) within the Borough to deliver excellent IT training. As part of the Government's drive to recruit high quality graduates to the teaching profession, TEAM is pleased to be offering PRIMARY School Direct places for the Academic Year 2014 - 2015.

As a School Direct trainee teacher working with us you will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding in diverse, supportive and innovative settings.

Within the partnership we have extensive experience of delivering excellent IT training with experienced, committed mentors as well as delivering high quality professional development opportunities to teachers at all stages of their careers.

Our partnership offers a varied experience of different types of schools in a range of settings from schools with predominantly EAL learners to schools in outlying villages, as well as faith schools

We are delighted to be offering 21 School Direct places in partnership with the University of Cumbria who are the third largest School Direct Higher Education partner in the UK and the largest in the North West to offer the full PGCE qualification, complete with Masters level components.

Entry Requirements
Minimum degree required: A 2:1 degree is preferred, however applicants with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered and a decision made based on the overall strength of their application in competition with other applicants.

Five GCSE's at minimum grade C or above at the point of application to include English Language, Mathematics and Science.

The fourth GCSE must be in national curriculum subject, for example a language, Citizenship, Design and Technology, Geography, ICT, History, Music, PE or RE.

The fifth GCSE may be in a non-National Curriculum subject such as Psychology, Sociology or Early Childhood Studies.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy.

A minimum 10 days experience in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (five days in each Key Stage) gained within the last two

A satisfactory academic (university) reference OR a satisfactory professional
reference if more than three years since academic study.

The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments.

All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and
must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established
university procedures.

What We Are Looking For?
We seek to recruit 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. 

This is the course for you if you are:
A graduate who is genuinely motivated by the prospect of a career in teaching
Interested in benefitting from a school-based approach to teacher training
Passionate about learning to teach from highly experienced and respected

Keen to experience a wide variety of different school settings throughout
Blackburn with Darwen including Aided schools and as such we will be seeking
applications from some candidates who support the Christian Ethos
Enthused of the prospect of working alongside teachers in good and outstanding

How We Select Our Trainees
If shortlisted, candidates will undertake a rigorous interview process to establish
their suitability for the Alliance's School Direct Programme.

During your interview we will be looking for evidence that you meet the following

Professional Attributes:
The candidate demonstrates appropriate professional attributes by demonstrating
they establish, build and maintain effective professional relationships in both
group and one-to-one situations through appropriate interpersonal skills adapting
verbal and non-verbal language where required. The candidate responds to
colleagues respectfully, courteously and constructively, and appears sensitive to
the diverse needs of children and adults. They can critically discuss a relevant
and recent educational issue and consider the implications for children, staff,
parents and carers, and other stakeholders in education.

During your interview day you will be expected to do the following:
* Teach a small group of children
* Complete a written task
* Answer questions in a formal interview
* Support children in their learning

Our interview days are rigorous, thorough and we expect all candidates to present themselves in a professional manner, designed for us to get the best applicants possible onto our programme.

About This Training Programme
A Unique Course Through the delivery of this Primary PGCE course the Alliance is committed to ensuring that our trainees gain the highest level of primary teaching experience and professional development through the close link with our exceptional partner schools allowing you to relate learning from sessions instantly and directly to a classroom environment.

This is a full-time programme and the majority of time is spent in school, as it is a Post Graduate Certificate in Education it includes some work at Masters level (level 7). In recognition of the high levels achieved by students on this programme they are rewarded with 60 Masters level credits.

The course consists of four modules:
Meeting children's and young people's needs within and beyond the curriculum is a level 6 module which enables student teachers to understand the diverse needs of children and factors which contribute to these needs. The module also provides strategies and knowledge of services to facilitate the ability to meet these needs within a mainstream setting.

The Creative and Effective Curriculum is a level 7 module, which enables student teachers to develop independent strategies for planning and teaching effective learning opportunities, informed by their analysis and synthesis of a variety of theoretical frameworks, evidenced in research and literature. Student teachers will engage in recognising the tensions and dilemmas associated with the interface between theory and practice and evaluate and reflect upon their planning and practice and the concept of a reflective practitioner.

Reflective Practice is a level 7 module which enables student teachers to consistently develop as meta-reflective practitioners through the integration of theory and practice.

Placements: From the very beginning of September you will be embedded in a local partnership school where you will be learning from teachers in school alongside input from university lectures on a weekly basis who will guide and support you through all stages of your development and assessment.

Our Partnership Schools include:
Roe Lee Park Primary School, Emerald Avenue, Blackburn BB1 9RP
St Silas C of E Primary School, St Silas Road, Blackburn BB2 6JP
Avondale Primary School, Durham Road, Darwen BB3 1NN
St Gabriels C of E Primary School, Wilworth Crescent Blackburn BB1 8QN
St Pauls C of E Primary School, Bayne Street Hoddlesden BB3 3NH
Turton and Edgeworth Ce Methodist Primary School, Bolton Road,
Edgeworth Bolton. BL7 OAH
Lammack Primary School, Lammack Road Blackburn BB1 1LH
Turncroft Nursery School Highfield Road Darwen BB3 2DN

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 you will 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 paces, professional environment of a busy school, then the School Direct route may be the best choice for you

For more information contact: Gaynor Stubbs at Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy, Blackburn Tel No 01254 667449 Alison Taylor at The Redeemer CE Primary School, Blackburn Tel No 01254 296400

Training Provider Information
Accommodation: The School Direct partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers.
Child Care Facilities: We cannot offer child care facilities whilst you are studying with us.
Disability Access: The majority of schools within our partnership do have full disabled access.

Where to Find Us
Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy Manor Road Blackburn BB2 6LX
Telephone 01254 667449 Fax: 01254 690853

The Redeemer CE Primary School Jack Walker Way Ewood Blackburn BB2 4JJ
Telephone: 01254 296400 Fax: 01254 296401

For more information please visit the website below:




School Direct Entry Profile