St Cuthbert’s CE Primary School is proud to have been asked to work with an established alliance led by two highly successful National Teaching Schools, Wensley Fold CE Primary Academy and The Redeemer CE Primary school in partnership with 12 other high performing schools within the borough.
The aim of the alliance is to deliver outstanding ITT provision delivered by outstanding practitioners who have all been designated Specialist Leaders of Education taken from the schools in the partnership. There is a strong commitment to providing a stimulating, challenging and rewarding training experience.
The partnership of schools provides a diverse range of settings which include school with predominantly EAL learners and faith schools.
The training is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria who are the 3rd largest School Direct higher education partner in the UK and the largest in the North West to offer the full PGCE qualification, complete with Masters Level components.
At the end of the last academic year 2015/16 18 out of 18 Associate Teachers gained employment within Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire.
Quotes from our trainees and our Headteachers include:
'I am so pleased I chose TEAM alliance school direct route for my PGCE as from Day 1 I was straight into school life and very quickly gained a full understanding of the challenges and expectations of the job' - trainee
'I am very excited to begin my first teaching post and feel very prepared following a thorough and rigorous course with the highest expectations from TEAM' - trainee
'The students that we have had have been of such a high calibre and the course has prepared them so well that we have employed them both' - Headteacher The course has provided me with one of the strongest NQT candidates that I have seen - Headteacher
'Well organised, well structured and well monitored, The students spend more time in the classroom on this course and the support that they get ensures that they are very well prepared for their first job as a teacher – Headteacher