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Have you ever thought about training to become a Primary School Teacher in Blackpool?

Do you want to influence the future of children in Blackpool?

Do you hold a degree (2.2) or above?

Do you hold GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science (Grade C or above)?

If so, then why not train to teach in Blackpool schools with the Blackpool Teaching School Alliance?


To apply for one of our courses, please follow the link below: -

Primary PGCE with QTS 

Primary PGCE with QTS (SEND)


Who are we?

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance are leading the way for school-led teacher training in Blackpool. Inclusive school based training via our School Direct Programme means we can develop the outstanding teachers of the future to ensure the very best outcomes for children in Blackpool schools.

Blackpool Teaching School Alliance was founded by a group of schools in Blackpool to support Blackpool schools to be the best that we can be, to learn from each other and share best practice. The Teaching School is founded on a belief that high quality teaching and learning can overcome disadvantage and promote high standards in even the most challenging of schools. The Teaching School has been developed to promote high standards in all schools whether they be Primary, Secondary or Special Schools.

This programme is being run in conjunction with the University of Cumbria, for more details visit http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/partnerships/


Why train with us?

Blackpool is a special yet challenging place to teach. Our vision is to train the next generation of outstanding Blackpool teachers to give the children of Blackpool the best possible start in life. Our training is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, someone who enjoys a challenge and who puts children and their needs first. We are recruiting now to start training from September 2019 until July 2020, and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher, or know someone who is.


Entry Requirements
Graduates should have a minimum 2:2 degree but preferably a 2:1 or higher. They also need GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. 


Ideally you should have some experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity.


Selection Process
Blackpool Teaching School Alliance works in conjunction with the University of Cumbria to select suitable candidates to take through to our interview process. This will include initial safeguarding checks and whether candidates meet minimum entry requirements.


Interview Process
If selected for interview you will be invited to attend for an interview at one of the School Direct Alliance schools. The interview will consist of a written element, a mini teach and a formal interview. Full details will be provided once a candidate has been selected.


The Programme

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance offers 2 School Direct courses both leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.

  • Primary

  • Primary with SEND

Our School Direct programmes are so successful because they immerse you into life in a Primary or Special School. You will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in after school clubs, CPD events and a range of whole school events.

Alongside this you will receive 1 day per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by practicing teachers. A further 1 day per week will be spent studying the PGCE module element of the programme at level 7 , which is delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool.

Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively will be a focus of our training programme. Trainees who accept an offer to undertake their training with BTSA will be given the opportunity to spend time in school before the programme starts in September 2018. The programme fee is currently £9250. 


There are 3 formal assessed placemen
ts as part of the programme. A four weeks assessed placement in November/December, a 5 week placement in the spring term and a 10 week placement in the summer term. You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in a minimum of 2 different school settings.

Students undertaking the Primary with SEND programme will be hosted in an SEND setting and can undertake up to 2 assessed placements in a Special School with the additional placement in a mainstream setting.

Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream schools. However a unique feature of our Primary programme is the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school setting whilst being hosted in a mainstream setting.


Student Facilities
Our trainees will be provided with the highest quality of training and school based experiences. As this is a School Direct Programme, additional student facilities e.g. library access and Student Support Services, will be provided by The University of Cumbria.


Study Facilities
Each school within the alliance has facilities available to undertake reflective study. Additional study materials and access will be provided by the University of Cumbria.


Where to Find Us
Park Community Academy, 158 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9HF,
tel: 01253 764130
email: gill.hughes@park.blackpool.sch.uk
web: www.blackpoolteachingschoolalliance.org.uk

Full details of our course can be found on the UCAS website. However , if you would like to discuss any aspect of the course, or would like support and guidance on your application form please don’t hesitate to contact Gill Hughes (01253 764130) for further information. Click on the links for more information about our School Direct programme and Programme Handbook.

Find us on UCAS under Teacher Training- Primary- Blackpool Teaching School Alliance training provider code:

1XH- Primary - Training programme code=2TTQ

1XH - Primary with SEND - Training programme code=38TK

For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can also visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.




Complaints Procedure

Students (fee-paying) should always approach their programme leader in the first instance so that all concerns can be dealt with as quickly as possible. However should an official complaint be required, the channels are outlined on the web link below: -


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