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School Direct - Teacher Training

Are you considering a career in teaching?

"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."

Margaret Mead

Will YOU be that champion?

  • Do you have a gift for inspiring others to learn?
  • Would you enjoy meeting the challenge of building the core skills of young children?
  • Would you like to train in a vibrant learning community with a curriculum derived from the very best of international practice?

Train with us!

As the lead school within the Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance, Our Lady of Pity R.C. Primary School offers training in an outstanding teaching environment to enable you to develop a deep understanding of excellence in the classroom. While training with us there will be collaborative opportunities which include working with a number of outstanding schools in contrasting catchment areas.

  • Do you have what it takes to develop initiatives and take part in practical, workplace-based research?
  • Are you interested in developing the landscape for students who follow you?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership capacity to the full?

Our Alliance provides a unique opportunity for you to train, not just as a teacher for tomorrow, but as a future leader of education. Our Lady of Pity is a Catholic school and offers you the opportunity to train in the context of the Christian ethos, but there is no religious requirement for students. Second placement schools will offer non-faith based settings.

A career in teaching is satisfying, fulfilling and has the capacity to change lives. Our Lady of Pity offers post graduate training through the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme in partnership with Liverpool John Moore's University.

Our training programme places you in the classroom to learn alongside successful, inspirational teachers who are passionate about their work and have a gift for developing these skills in others. This one year training programme includes a six week placement in a contrasting school and offers you experience with infant and junior children.

How does the programme work?

We run the School Direct programme through a consortium of schools, all of which will offer highest quality placements for successful candidates.

Our consortium includes:

One day of each week is spent at Liverpool John Moore's University, developing your core skills and exploring the fundamental principles of teaching and learning. The other four days each week (apart from additional incidental training) are spent in your placement school: team teaching, planning, resourcing and delivering the full range of the primary school curriculum.

Successful candidates will be offered a place after a one day interview process and will then be offered a familiarisation visit to the school within the consortium most likely to be their main placement training school.

We offer Primary and Early Years Primary training placements with mathematics or P.E. specialism, through the non-salaried route. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for a Department of Education grant. Successful applicants can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. Further details can be found on the website:

Who can apply?

Applicants will need to hold, or expect to gain a minimum 2:2 initial degree. Additionally, a standard equivalent to Grade C at GCSE level in: English Language, Mathematics and Science is required. Trainees must demonstrate very high standards of communication in both spoken and written English.

More details will be found on theUCAS website.

Our UCAS ID number is: 1W3

Which courses are available?

PGCE Primary - 5-11: Our Lady of Pity R.C. School leads a consortium of good and outstanding schools offering the School Direct programme. As the lead school for the Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance, we are at the leading edge of educational initiative and career development. We develop our students, not to become class teachers of tomorrow but to become future leaders in education. Through the Teaching School Alliance, you will take part in live active research and access top quality training.

PGCE Primary - 5-11 with Specialism in Mathematics: Our Lady of Pity R.C. School is developing the teaching of mathematics locally in co-ordination with the local Maths Hub, led by St Mary's and St Thomas' School in St Helens. This work is truly shaping the mathematics teaching of the future, with hugely exciting developments including training from Singapore as the nation foremost in the world in accelerated and sustained improvement in mathematics teaching.

PGCE Primary 5-11 with Specialism in P.E.: This course is ideal for those with an interest in sport, fitness and well-being. We offer a range of experiences through the curriculum and you will be working alongside outstanding and experienced teachers and coaches who will guide you through a fun and creative course. You will receive training in one of our alliance schools to become first and foremost a class teacher, with a specialism of P.E.

Completing our School Direct training will result in a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), equating to 60 Masters Credits.

How do I apply?

Apply through the UCAS website:
Our UCAS ID number is: 1W3


Where can I find more information?

To find out how School Direct works in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore's University please click here.


If you would like to find out more contact Clare Peers ( You are welcome to arrange a visit to our Lead School, see the learning as it happens and speak to current School Direct Associate Teachers.

Why choose Our Lady of Pity?

Our Lady of Pity is an outstanding school. The most recent inspection report states: "This is an outstanding school...... their [pupils] attitudes to learning are extremely positive because they have an exciting curriculum and are taught so well. Pupils feel valued and well cared for, quoting, ‘how friendly everyone is and how much fun they have in school.’ "

Ofsted latest inspection report, 2008

"School Direct is an exciting and fast-paced training route that throws you in at the deep end!  Our Lady of Pity is a forward-thinking school that will offer you the very best opportunities as you begin your career."


"Ever since I was in primary school I wanted to be a teacher. I originally wanted to do a normal PGCE but was recommended by a Head to do School Direct. I thoroughly enjoyed my training year as I worked with a wide variety of children in two contrasting schools. Furthermore, I felt as though it prepared me for September with my first class as I was so used to working in the class setting. Other courses don't tend to have so much practical experience available."


"I've always wanted to be a teacher from when I was young!

I chose the School Direct route because I wanted to be school rather than university based, as I felt I would gain more from that style of training. Our Lady of Pity has a positive atmosphere which you feel as soon as you walk in, even on my interview I felt welcome.

I also wanted to access the best training so looked for outstanding schools as I felt they would be better placed to deliver outstanding training."


"The best thing about training through School Direct is the immediate access to practical classroom experience. Working alongside experienced teachers and taking part in all aspects of school life throughout a whole school year provides opportunities for learning that other courses don't provide"


"One of the best things about School Direct for me has been the well-supported teaching placements which I have been able to undertake within a wide range of outstanding settings."