Apply and Train to Teach with BSA

We are delighted that you are considering training to teach in a local Bury school with Bury Schools Alliance. For details on which courses you can apply for, please view the list of courses we offer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainees who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching to make a real difference to young peoples' lives and futures. If this is you, and you have the following attributes, we want to hear from you!

  • The confidence and ability to engage with children
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • A commitment to working hard
  • An ability to establish good working relationships
  • Commitment to a professional team
  • Flexibility - a crucial characteristic that is vital in this active and constantly changing climate

Why Choose Us?

  • We offer placements in local Bury schools where you make the difference to local children
  • All of our schools offer experienced mentors who are ready to support you and welcome you as a member of staff from the outset
  • We provide you, in addition to what is offered by MMU, an extensive CPD programme delivered by Local, National and Specialist Leaders of Education
  • Our team are dedicated to providing the best training from the very start of your teaching journey and will support you throughout the programme
  • We support you not to just train, but to enter the teaching profession as an NQT, equipped with the relevant skills to begin your successful teaching career - 100% of our School Direct students, to date, secured employment upon completion of our course.

What Have Previous Trainees Said About Training with BSA?

  • BSA team have been extremely approachable, helpful and informative.
  • The training sessions were brilliant and the alliance is supportive
  • The BSA team were always available for support when asked.
  • Training sessions were excellent; communication was fantastic, team highly supportive
  • Super CPD sessions, very informative and structured and have been so useful.

We have a 100% success rate with our trainees securing a teaching post following completion of our training (since starting our School Direct programmes). 

100% of our trainees rated the support provided by BSA as Excellent (Primary and Secondary, 2020- 2021).

To view more of what our trainees have said, please visit our Testimonials page.

What Do You Need To Apply?

If you have what we are looking for, and we sound like the right people to nurture and release your potential, then we would welcome your application to train to teach with us.

If you are unsure about whether you meet the below entry criteria please contact Clair Dodd on 0161 723 1078 (option 3) or by email:


All applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree. For those applying for Secondary, the degree modules must be at least 50% relevant. You may still apply if you do not fulfil this criteria, however you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course and we will advise you of this. If we require you to complete an SKE then this would need to be completed before enrolling to train to teach with us.

For Primary: GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Maths & Science (can be pending). Please have your certificates readily available as we require evidence of your qualifications. We will consider applicants who do not already have Science as we can offer the MMU Science equivalency test. Alternatively, we can accept equivalency tests from other ITT providers. Please note that the equivalency option is only available for Science.

For Secondary: Applicants require GCSEs grade C/4 or above in Maths and English Language. Please have your certificates readily available as we require evidence of your qualifications. You can apply with these pending, or we can offer you the option to sit MMU equivalency tests.

All students need to demonstrate that they have the required knowledge in Mathematics and English before QTS is awarded. This will be assessed either during the selection process, or during the training programme.

School Experience:

Whilst beneficial, gaining school experience is no longer a condition of entry to the School Direct course. Central government has recently issued updated guidelines on selection criteria for Initial Teacher Training programmes. In light of this guidance, applicants are no longer required to have any school experience in order to be eligible to apply. 

If however, you still wish to gain school experience, as preparation for your chosen profession and training, we can help you to arrange this.  

Skills Tests:

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers are expected to make an assessment of English and mathematics knowledge of a trainee before QTS is awarded. ITT providers must assure that trainees have these skills either during the selection process, or later during the training programme.

Cognition Education Programme: 

The Transition to Teach (T2T) programme has been developed by Cognition Education and funded by DfE to attract experienced, talented professionals into teaching, and retain them for the long-term, supporting them through their ITT and Newly-Qualified Teacher (NQT) years.

T2T engages with organisations across a variety of sectors and industries, supporting employees leaving due to redundancy, contract end, early retirement, or career change, to explore a new and exciting teaching opportunity.

Guidance and Development Advisers (GDAs) provide a complementary layer of bespoke support and guidance on any aspect of ITT, supporting participants to ensure they complete their ITT and NQT induction.

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How to Apply:

You can apply to train to teach with us on Apply from 12th October 2021.

We offer School Direct courses in Primary, Secondary and also offer SEN specific (Secondary) placements for those who wish to broaden their school experience. For full details on what courses are available please view our 2022 - 2023 courses here.

Bursaries and Loans:

Details about Bursaries and Loans can be found on the Department for Education's website