Trained to teach on the job!

Are you considering applying for teacher training next year? Then a school-led teacher training route could be for you!

There are a number of routes into teaching each suiting different individuals. The options available to you at Liverpool Hope University are;

  • University-led PGCE
  • School Direct PGCE
  • SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) with the PGCE component delivered by Liverpool Hope

The School Direct PGCE enables schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training (ITT). One of the key benefits for Liverpool Hope University School Direct trainees is the opportunity for development and progression. Our School Direct Partnership believes that it is vital that all of our trainees have the academic and theoretical underpinning to become outstanding practitioners within the field of Education. This is why we make it compulsory for all trainees completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to study at Masters level. This aspect of the training takes place at our Hope Park campus. The PGCE is a 60 credit award that can offer progression, upon successful application, onto our Masters in Education (180 credits in total) for those students who want to pursue further study.

The University’s Faculty of Education places a strong emphasis on partnerships and we work closely with schools, dioceses and the community to design, deliver and quality assure training that results in the education of outstanding, passionate and talented teachers. We recognise that the quality of our students gaining Qualified Teacher Status is dependent on the valuable work carried out in schools and ensuring a collaborative approach is maintained at every stage of the management and delivery process.

Liverpool Hope University is currently working with a number of schools developing high quality School Direct Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to develop bespoke training programmes that meet the needs of each lead School, the students training within them and the networks in which they operate. If you are interested in finding out more about our School Direct Partner schools, please visit their websites or contact them directly for further information. To apply for a School Direct place, you will need to apply via the School Direct lead school via the UCAS website.


The alliances working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University for School Direct 2017/18 are:

Aspirational Teaching Alliance St. Helens (Hope Academy)

Address: Ashton Road, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0AQ

Telephone: 01744 671 930


Associated Merseyside Partnership AMP – SCITT  (Deyes High School)

Address: Deyes Lane, Maghull, L31 6DE

Telephone:  0151 526 3814


Bleak Hill Primary School

Address: Hamilton Road, St Helens, WA10 6HG

Telephone:  01744 678190


Greenbank Primary School

Address: Mossley Avenue, Liverpool, L18 1JB

Telephone: 0151 522 5748


Liverpool College

Address: Queens Drive, Liverpool L18 8BG

Telephone:  0151 729 0105


Merseyside SEN Teaching Schools Alliance (Redbridge High School)

Address: Millstead School, Iliad Street, Liverpool, L5 3LU

Telephone:  0151 233 6170


Manchester Nexus SCITT (The Bluecoat School, Oldham)

Address: Egerton Street, Oldham, OL1 3SQ


St Andrew’s C.E Primary School

Address: Vicars Hall Lane, Boothstown, Worsley, Manchester, M28 1HS

Telephone: 0161 790 2113


St John Bosco Arts College

Address: Stonedale Crescent, Liverpool, L11 9DQ

Telephone:  0151 235 1620


St Mary and St Thomas Primary School

Address: Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS

Telephone:  01744 678010


Warrington Teaching School Alliance (Evelyn Street Primary School)

Address: Evelyn Street, Warrington, WA5 1BD


Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct (St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School)

Address: Rookery Avenue, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9PF


Wigan Catholic Primary School Direct WCPSD (St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School)

Address: Hardybutts, Wigan, WN1 3RZ


Upton Hall School FCJ

Address: Upton Hall School, FCJ, Upton, Wirral, CH49 6LJ

Telephone:  0151 677 7696

Written By Dr Liz Parr School Direct Lead


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