School Direct partners

Primary School Direct Partnerships

Arch Alliance

Study for a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS

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

Study for a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS
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: or visit the school website Please contact Rebecca Green (School Direct Lead) directly on 01942 634672.

Ladywood School Direct Partnership

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You will be at the forefront of education by being part of a National Teaching School.

  • You will 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. It allows you to be a reflective practitioner whilst focusing on current pedagogy and bringing this to life in the classroom setting.
  • Teaching Experience is available through professional practices in mainstream settings, with opportunities for experiences in special school provision;
  • 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;
  • From the start you will be treated as a valued professional

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

You will complete placements in at least 2 of our partner schools where you will be supported by outstanding mentors, as well as visiting tutors from within Edge Hill University and the Ladywood Teaching School Alliance. During these placements you will be supported to put your new skills into practice and enhance your teaching If you are interested in teaching in a special school, we are also able to offer a SEND placement at two Outstanding schools within Bolton.

For further information regarding Edge Hill University School Direct at Ladywood, please visit www.ladywood.bolton.sch.ukYou can follow Ladywood Teaching School on Twitter: @ladywoodschool

Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints CofE Primary School (OWLS; Ormskirk, Wigan, Lancashire, 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 Hesketh Becconsall School Website

or by contacting OWLS administrator Barbara Stevens 07752810961

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Secondary School Direct Partnerships

North Sefton Coastal Teaching School Alliance (Meols Cop High School)

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Working in Partnership

North Sefton Coastal Teaching School Alliance are a vibrant and diverse alliance of schools in North Sefton. When you choose to train with them you will have access to three currently outstanding schools, schools with Sixth Forms and schools without, Faith and non-Faith schools, co-educational and single sex schools. The initial Teacher Training programme will ensure you have the widest breadth of experience possible.

The alliance of schools are well established and highly respected in providing teacher training and provide a diverse range of experience for trainee teachers to prepare for their future careers.

The Cluster Schools are:

  • Range High School, Formby
  • Meols Cop High School, Southport
  • Birkdale High School, Southport
  • Christ the King Catholic High School, Southport
  • Greenbank High School, Southport

If you would like any further information on the North Sefton Coastal Teaching School Alliance, please visit their website:  or email: or contact Mr T Dolly (Deputy Head Teacher) on Telephone: 01704 835616.

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