School Direct

Welcome from the School Direct Lead

As School Direct Lead I would like to introduce you to the School Direct programmes that we offer at Edge Hill University.

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Lisa Howard, School Direct Lead

School Direct is a school-led route into initial teacher education (ITE)which involves a close partnership between Edge Hill University as your accredited ITE provider and a lead school, along with other schools within the School Direct Cluster.

As the accredited teacher training provider for School Direct, at Edge Hill University we are delighted to work in close partnership with our  School Direct partners listed below.

Each School Direct programme offers its own unique route into teaching and teaching practices are offered in specific geographical locations. Please follow the links below to find out more.

Should you choose to train to teach through the School Direct route, we very much look forward to receiving your application, and to working with you, as you begin your training.

Primary School Direct Partnerships

Arch Alliance

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Arch Alliance is a lead school for the Shine Partnership School Direct programme; achieving ‘outstanding’ at the previous Ofsted Inspection. The Shine Partnership works directly with Edge Hill University. Every school within the partnership offers enhancement training to its trainees in addition to that offered at Edge Hill; promoting a collaborative approach of excellence.

There are tremendous opportunities for developing teaching and learning pedagogy within highly dedicated teaching teams focused upon being at the forefront of educational development.

The schools who could be involved in delivering aspects of training include:

  • Arch Alliance
  • Heap Bridge Village Primary
  • Harwood Park Primary
  • Hopwood Community Primary
  • St Luke’s CE Primary
  • St Margaret’s CE Primary
  • Our Lady St Paul’s RC School
  • Siddal Moor High School
  • St Luke’s CE Primary School

For further information regarding Edge Hill University School Direct at All Souls’ CE Primary School, please visit

Eatock Primary Cluster

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We offer our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees an outstanding School Direct programme which includes the following:

  • School-led professional learning.
  • High quality bespoke training provided by Eatock and other primary schools within the Eatock Primary Cluster.
  • A high quality teacher training programme and support from Edge Hill University.
  • Individual support and mentoring by good and outstanding practitioners within their own school.
  • First-hand experience of Learning Outside the Classroom and how to use it to enhance teaching and learning.
  • PCGE Primary Education with QTS Qualification (60 credits) – Working with both Eatock Primary Cluster and Edge Hill University you will work towards your QTS qualification.

Schools within our cluster include:

  • Eatock Primary School, Westhoughton
  • Aspull C of E Primary School, Wigan
  • Wood Fold Primary, Standish
  • St Thomas Halliwell, Bolton
  • Pikes Lane, Bolton
  • St Georges C of E, Westhoughton
  • Haslam Park, Bolton
  • Oxford Grove, Bolton

You will complete placements in 2 of our partner schools where you will be supported by outstanding mentors, as well as visiting tutors from within Edge Hill University and Eatock Primary Cluster.

For further information please email: [email protected] or visit the school website Please contact Rebecca Green (School Direct Lead) directly on 01942 634672.

Ladywood School Direct Partnership

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By becoming part of Ladywood you will receive a holistic training package to support you into becoming a strong and effective teacher.

You will be at the forefront of education being part of our established and evolving Educational practice and receive a customised and bespoke training plan which meets your individual training needs.

The programme allows you to take risks and discover your potential in a safe environment, whilst allowing you to be reflective and bring your classroom to life.

There is the opportunity to have three placements in a range of settings including special educational needs if this is something you are interested in. You will be supported by outstanding mentors, as well as visiting tutors from Edge Hill University.

You will receive outstanding teacher training delivered by highly experienced school-based practitioners enabling you to be truly reflective and make the links between theory and practice.

The schools who could be involved in delivering the training include:

  • Beaumont Primary School
  • Brownlow Fold Primary School
  • Castle Hill Primary School
  • Devonshire Road Primary School
  • Eatock Primary School
  • Green Fold School
  • Hardy Mill Primary School
  • Haslam Park
  • Ladywood School and Outreach Service
  • Markland Hill Primary School
  • Masefield Primary School
  • Moorgate Primary School
  • Mytham Primary School
  • Pikes Lane School
  • Red Lane Primary School
  • Rivington and Blackrod High School
  • St Matthews Primary School
  • St. Saviours C of E Primary School
  • The Oaks Primary School
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OWLS: Ormskirk, West Lancashire, Liverpool and Sefton

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The schools who could be involved in delivering the training include:

• Aughton Christ Church C.E. Primary School Lancashire
• Farnborough Road Junior School Sefton- a popular and successful 4 form
• Farnborough Road Infants School Sefton
• Newburgh CE Primary School Lancashire
• Bishop David Shepherd C.E. Primary School Sefton
• Aughton St Michael’s C.E. Primary School Lancashire
• Aughton Town Green Primary School
• St Philip’s CE School Litherland
• Holmeswood Methodist Rufford Near Ormskirk
• LIPA  Primary School Liverpool
• Hesketh With Becconsall  All Saints CE  Hesketh Bank  Near Southport

Training with OWLS
We run a challenging but rewarding School Direct PGCE programme which will help you to secure deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of teaching within primary education. The OWLS cluster is a dynamic group of schools offering a diverse range of contexts and training enhancements. OWLS consists of large schools, small schools, faith schools, community schools, forest schools, international schools, Early Years specialists as well as bespoke SEN/D departments, to name but a few.

Our staff have a long and successful history working closely in partnership with Edge Hill University. Edge Hill provides trainees with the academic bedrock of effective teaching and learning. In Edge Hill, your knowledge and understanding of research, both as a consumer and a leader, will be deepened. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation for, and reflection of, your professional practices and plan next steps.

The cohort is big enough to share ideas and experiences, but small enough to offer opportunities for truly tailored provision and personal support! In school, we will guide and coach you in putting theory into practice and develop your craft as a teacher. You will work alongside and be trained by outstanding, highly skilled, experienced class teachers who will guide, support and challenge you on your journey to becoming an outstanding practitioner. At OWLS you will learn ‘on the job’ and we will ensure that you gain a richly diverse set of experiences in school which will prepare you for a successful career in teaching.  You will complete placements in at least two of our schools and visit the other schools for enhancement days. Throughout the year you will be supported by outstanding mentors as well as a visiting tutor from Edge Hill who is also your personal tutor.

Further information can be found on the OWLS website.

If you have any queries, please contact OWLS administrator Barbara Stevens:

[email protected] or [email protected]

Forward First School Direct

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Study for:

  •     Early Years Education with QTS
  •     Primary Education with QTS
  •     Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS

Forward First is a forward-thinking network of Lancashire primary schools committed to developing, equipping and sustaining the next generation of inspirational teachers. We provide an innovative Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE with QTS), in partnership with the award winning Edge Hill University. Our vision is to provide all children with the very best educational foundation for a happy, fruitful and successful life.  At Forward First, we aim to create rich and diverse ‘experiences’ for our trainees so that you can learn, use, refine and consolidate your pedagogic approach in highly supportive, highly effective settings. Training to teach in this small and supportive network of likeminded schools will mean you become part of a very special school family, the Forward First family, where trust and enjoyment underpins excellent educational opportunities for our children. If you have a passion for teaching, are organised and hard-working, please explore our programme further and contact us to find out more about studying with Forward First.

Trainees will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in our schools:

  • Penwortham Broadoak Primary School
  • Tarleton Community Primary School
  • Lostock Hall Community Primary School
  • Delph Side Primary School
  • Trinity CE / Methodist School
  • St. Aidan’s Primary School
  • St. James’ Catholic School
  • New Longton CE Primary School
  • St Thomas the Martyr CE Primary School

Whilst on professional practice you will also receive full paediatric and mental health first aid training, as well as the opportunity to take part in an exhilarating outdoor adventure activity day in a specialist setting.

For more information, come to speak to us in school, or take a look at our Forward First Website

If you have any questions about our courses or would like to visit one of our schools, please contact Tony Currie

Telephone: 01695 723878

Email: [email protected]

Further information regarding the programme and professional practice is available on:

Professional Practice Information and Documents


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