Welcome To

North West

About Us

Teach North West School Direct is an initial teacher training model for local people, offering a flexible alternative to a further year’s study away from home in Bolton, Merseyside and East Manchester.

Our nurturing and ambitious programme, run as the Teach North West alliance with the University of Cumbria, offers the same content and qualification as the traditional PGCE course, but with an added focus on gaining classroom experience from the start.

On our one year course, trainees gain a PGCE, QTS and 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

“The School Direct route with Teach North West - Bolton hub gave me first-hand experience in the classroom from day one. From the start, I was able to work alongside experienced teachers that offered exceptional support and advice. I was amazed with how helpful everyone was throughout the year, nothing was too much for anyone. The support was second to none. Teach Bolton fully equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed in order to progress with my career. I felt confident walking into my first classroom, ready to teach my own class.”

Trainee 2020 - now employed in one of our alliance schools.

“‘The tutors were all extremely helpful and provided fantastic out-of-classroom training too… I felt so prepared and excited to teach, a feeling I hadn’t had from my previous course.”

Trainee 2019 - now employed in our partner trust, Forward as One.

“I really enjoyed my schools direct experience and have found it extremely beneficial to how I teach today. I believe the best way of learning is through a hands on experience and that is what you get with this training. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with talented teachers and see how a classroom works from start to finish. I felt really supported throughout the training and was totally prepared to have my own class in September. I love my job as a Year 2 teacher and I wouldn't have completed my teacher training in any other way.”

Trainee 2018, now employed within a Vantage school.

“With Teach Bolton, I benefited from training in outstanding schools in Bolton. The support from the staff and the close knit relationships with peers from the course means you never feel alone.”

Trainee 2016 - now employed in our partner trust, Vantage Academies.

Our Programme

If you find that you learn best ‘on the job’ and would prefer to do all of your training and practice at school as an associate member of staff, then School Direct with Teach North West could be the best route for you.

We provide a programme tailored to suit your learning journey. We carefully build a picture of your strengths and passions from our first meeting and work with you to increase your confidence, hone your skills and, ultimately, achieve your full potential.

Our programme is well established across the North West, set in alliances across three location hubs – Merseyside, East Manchester and Bolton. Some of our partner schools are part of wider multi-academy trusts and teaching schools – giving you a variety of professional networks to tap into from your first day with us.

Become a qualified primary school teacher through School Direct with Teach North West; learning first-hand in the classroom, from day one. Train to teach in your local school, meet new friends and build your professional network, whilst making a difference to local children

Teaching is a career, not a course. We look beyond course completion and pride ourselves on offering a tailored and nurturing experience for all trainees. Join us for your teaching journey to help transform children’s lives.

How to Apply

You can apply for our September 2022 intake from 12 October 2021. Search for Teach North West on Apply for Postgraduate Teacher Training

Training Locations

Location Lead School Course Code
Teach North West @ Teach Bolton Hub SS Simon and Jude CE Primary, Newport Road, Great Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester , BL3 2DT
Teach North West @ Teach East Manchester Hub St James CE Primary School, Stelling Street, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8LW B
Teach North West @ Teach Merseyside Hub Knowsley Lane Primary, Huyton, Knowsley , Merseyside, L34 4AH A