Level: Primary
Course: PGCE Primary Education (5-11) with QTS
Location: Bolton, Merseyside and East Manchester
Start date: September 2021
Lead school: St Simon and Jude Church of England Primary School

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About Teach North West

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.

We have been involved in School Direct teacher training with the University of Cumbria from its very first year and we are proud to celebrate an exceptional employment record, at 98%, for students completing our programme. For us, this is what School Direct is all about. Our personalised programme supports you to:


Who are we looking for?

We have the highest standards for our initial teacher training courses and expect our trainees to demonstrate their commitment to the course from their interview, through to graduation. We seek applications from candidates who:




Why study with Teach North West?

We look beyond course completion. Join us for your teaching journey and make a difference, from day one. Train to teach in your local school. Meet new friends, start to build your professional network and make a difference to local children.

The Outstanding SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School, in Bolton, is the lead school in the successful Teach North West Primary Partnership. We pride ourselves on offering our trainees nurture and support right from their interview, and each year provide additional experiences, which focus on developing skills that will further build your confidence in the classroom.

The key features of the Teach North West programme are:

Our Partner Schools

We are proud to work across the North West region to deliver our outstanding School Direct teacher training to local trainees. All of the schools within the Teach North West Alliance are hand-picked partners, who are dedicated to supporting our trainees' individual learning journeys, with the provision of excellent practitioners in inspiring learning environments. You can visit the individual school websites to find out more about our partner schools and the range of settings we work with.

Teach Bolton Hub

Our lead school is SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School; within our Teach Bolton hub we also work with:


Teach East Manchester Hub

Our Teach East Manchester hub is led by St James CE Primary school, in conjunction with:

Teach Merseyside Hub

Our Teach Merseyside hub is led by Knowsley Lane Primary school, in conjunction with:

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