Become a Teacher

School Direct - Why Train to Teach in Bury?

Christ Church Primary Teaching School works closely with Elms Bank Teaching School, to deliver exceptional training to our students at Primary, Secondary and Secondary with SEN placements through the School Direct Programme. 

School Direct is an exciting and alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE. Our course leads to both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, awarded by our partner university: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

If you choose to train with Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) you will be mainly school-based, with course elements being provided by the MMU Faculty of Education and by the BTSA. We have created an extensive and supportive training programme, with input from National, Local and Specialist Leaders of Education, to develop the skills that will raise standards in education for the benefit of Bury children and young people. With support from experienced mentors and leaders from BTSA, MMU and your placement school, you will be supported to put your new skills into practice to develop your teaching practice.

 All teaching placements are within the Borough of Bury. You will be placed in two schools during your course. In Primary your first and third teaching placement will be at the same school. The second placement, will be in a contrasting setting and a different Key Stage. In Secondary you will have two placements set across the school year in contrasting settings.  All of our partner schools all have mentors and leaders with considerable experience of teacher training to support you during your placement. Trainees will work alongside hardworking and ambitious staff with happy and friendly children. From the start you will be made to feel like a valued staff member.

With our extensive links, and the unique nature of BTSA, we are able to work collaboratively across the partnership to provide a range of experiences for our trainees. When planning cross phase and enrichment placements we take into account our trainees own ambitions and interests. For example, we arranged an extended Post 16 placement for a student who had an interest in this area. All of our trainees will participate in a special school mini-placement during the year which we can extend for those who have an interest in SEN (both primary and secondary). We are proud, through our alliance, to be able to offer SEN placements in various secondary subjects within Elms Bank, an outstanding specialist school. Broadening your experience during teacher training may benefit you with future career choices. We are confident that all our trainees will benefit from a breadth of experience across various settings throughout their School Direct year which has contributed to our students 100% success rate in securing employment within their chosen settings.

There are structured career pathway opportunities in place with a large number of our Graduate Teachers gaining employment in Bury schools. The intention is that trainees who take part in the School Direct course will be employed by one of the schools within our partnership, and at BTSA we aim to meet that expectation, although there is, of course, no guarantee. We also offer our trainees the opportunity to apply to the NQT pool, from which many Bury Head Teachers select their NQTs. Our Graduates will have been supported and coached through the School Direct Programme to become good or outstanding teachers who are well equipped to build upon their knowledge and experience and complete their NQT year with confidence.

The BTSA offer a number of established training programmes to support you in every stage of your teaching career, e.g. Newly Qualified Teacher Programme, Recently Qualified Teacher Programme, Outstanding Teacher Programme and Leadership Development Programme. We are committed to continuing professional development and to growing future leaders. Several of our former students now hold middle and senior leadership roles in local schools, making the difference to local children, as could you!

To learn more about how you can apply to train to teach with BTSA please visit Apply and Train to Teach with BTSA