An innovative route
into teaching

What is School Direct?

School Direct is an innovative route into teaching, which was announced by the Government in 2011 in the Department for Education (DfE) strategy paper Training Our Next Generation of Outstanding Teachers.  School Direct has been designed to enable schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) whilst working in partnership with accredited ITT providers.  It is a one year full-time route into teaching, with progress towards gaining a PGCE with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Recommendation.

Wigan & West Lancashire Catholic School Direct is run by a ‘Lead School’ on behalf of a network of schools based in the same area, in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution (Liverpool Hope University).

Prospective trainees apply directly to the Lead School, which is responsible for the recruitment process.

Once selected, trainees will work in schools within the network.  They will train in the classroom supported by qualified teachers and mentors and will also spend time studying at Liverpool Hope University as they progress towards gaining a PGCE with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Recommendation. All routes into teaching must comply with the ITT criteria imposed by the Secretary of State:

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice – GOV.UK

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Sarah Holland
Director

Sarah Cole
Assistant Director

FAQs

Do I need to be Catholic to apply?

No! The Wigan & West Lancashire Catholic School Direct Partnership is not specifically designed for Catholic Teachers but rather teachers who want to train and work within a Catholic setting.

Will I receive any financial support while I train?

Yes. If you are on a postgraduate or undergraduate route into Initial Teacher Training, and are classed as home or European Union (EU), then you will be able to access the standard financial package of student support available to all students in England. This includes tuition fee and maintenance loans, and a means-tested maintenance grant. In addition to this, you may be eligible for a tax-free training bursary.

Will I receive a training bursary?

Substantial tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000 are available for people with top degrees in certain subjects. The amount of bursary you will be eligible for depends on the subject you want to teach and your degree classification. Scholarships are also available in a number of subjects.

When are postgraduate bursaries paid? What can it be used for?

They will continue to be paid in instalments during a trainee’s training year. Trainees can choose to spend the bursary as they wish.

Will I receive funding for my postgraduate teacher training if I have a degree class below a 2:2?

Anyone starting postgraduate teacher training will need to hold a degree of at least second class honours or equivalent in order to receive a training bursary from the Department for Education. Trainees holding third class or pass/ordinary degrees will not be eligible for a bursary unless they hold a higher relevant academic qualification, such as a masters or a PhD. Trainees who do not have a degree of at least second class honours may still be eligible to access a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) course and access the student support package of tuition fee loans, maintenance grants and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.

What if I don’t have the required qualifications?

If you don’t have the necessary GCSEs in mathematics, English or science, you may be able to take a pre-entry test set by your ITT provider. Some providers may also accept skills developed through other related work experience. If in doubt, you should contact your chosen ITT provider to find out what their requirements are.

What if my degree doesn’t relate to the subject I want to teach?

If you don’t think your degree is relevant to any subject in the curriculum, contact your local ITT provider for advice.

Our Stories

Watch our videos to hear from our trainees and mentors about what makes Catholic School Direct such a great place to begin your career in teaching.

Partnership Schools

With Catholic School Direct you will work towards your teaching qualification whilst working within one of our partner schools.

Holy Cross
Chorley

Our Lady Queen of Peace
Skelmersdale

St Bede’s
Ormskirk

St Edmund Arrowsmith
Ashton-in-Makerfield

St Gregory’s
Warrington

St John Fisher
Wigan

St John Rigby
Wigan

St Mary’s
Leigh

Saints Peter and Paul
Widnes

St Peter’s
Orrell

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01942 363306
Wigan & West Lancashire Catholic School Direct
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M29 7EE

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