Register your Interest

If you would like to register an interest in working in partnership with the University of Cumbria to develop outstanding teachers through the School Direct route, please register your interest and our school direct team will be in touch to discuss your ideas and ensure you receive details about our School Direct information events.

The University of Cumbria is at the forefront of School Direct developments. We are the largest provider in the North West and one of the top three School Direct providers nationwide with over 300 places available.

The university works closely with partner schools across England to train primary and secondary teachers. We value the strong partnerships we have with schools. We are engaging in a range of approaches to increase school ownership of teacher training, both in our traditional teacher training courses and with School Direct projects.

Our Approach to School Direct

Students, who are already graduates, will study for a one-year University of Cumbria postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) at masters level, which will give them qualified teacher status enabling them to pursue a teaching career.

We will work with partner schools bringing together expert practitioner and academic expertise with the aim of creating critically reflective professionals who are at the leading edge of research informed practice.

We are currently working with a range of schools who are developing projects to meet the needs of the partnership and local school alliances whilst maintaining the high quality academic elements of the university’s provision. All of our School Direct projects offer equal opportunities for the fee paying and salaried routes.

If you have a particular interest in School Direct, we are developing a range of flexible and responsive approaches to working with schools:

  1. University of Cumbria Existing PGCE courses

    We are working in collaboration with schools to recruit School Direct student teachers to join our existing PGCE courses. This is a particularly viable option for schools with small School Direct number allocations but want increased involvement with the recruitment, aspects of training, placement and hope to employ them within the alliance of schools involved.

  2. School Embedded PGCE

    We are working with schools to develop a flexibly delivered PGCE programme jointly planned and delivered by the school (or alliance of schools) and university. Depending on the amount of training and assessment the schools take on this may well involve an institutional approval and validation process. The university and school will work together to ensure that the quality and rigour of the University of Cumbria academic standards are maintained, while the professional expertise of the school will be fully maximised. A staff development programme will be developed following an analysis of staff training requirements.

If you are interested in other routes, please contact us to have a discussion about your ideas.

How the University will Work with You

A bespoke University School Direct team will respond to your initial enquiry and arrange a meeting to listen to your ideas and hopes for developing the School Direct approach.  

Contact Us

If you are a school considering applying for School Direct places and would like to discuss your project with us, please complete this form to receive details of the information events we will be holding in the future.

You may also wish to contact the Director of School and Business Engagement - Kathryn Fox at for an informal discussion.

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