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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?

Our Lady of Pity  in partnership with OLOP Deep Learning TSA, Ignite TSA and Chester University, offers teacher training to graduates holding a 2:1 degree or above who are keen to engage in classroom based training.

About This Training Programme

Our training programme offers you the opportunity to train in an outstanding teaching environment enabling you to develop a deep understanding of excellence in the classroom.

This is a full-time training programme, which leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Primary) from the University of Chester. The programme lasts a year, with a minimum of 120 school based learning days – approximately 90 in your main placement, with a further 30 in an alternative placement. Placements will be in different key stages.

There will be a further training days held at Chester University as well as days held at venues organised by Ignite TSA and Deep Learning TSA. Achievement of a PGCE Primary Award enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is awarded by the General Teaching Council.

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a degree with a minimum of 2:1 classification, or from students in the final year of their degree anticipating at least a 2.1 classification. However, we will consider applicants with a 2.2 classification on an individual profile basis, provided they can demonstrate excellent potential to become a successful teacher.

A Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) are not acceptable as equivalent to a degree for the purpose of entry to this course.

At the time of application, candidates should also have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science. A range of other GCSE or equivalent qualifications to reflect the breadth of the curriculum is desirable.

It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a Primary School setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.

How to Apply

Please click on the following link to apply for our School Direct Teacher Training Programme Click on the Teacher Training tab and search for: Ignite TSA 22A, Course code 2HB8.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to express a preference for their main placement school if they wish.


For more information about the OLOP Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance and the Initial Teacher Training consortium please visit or contact or 0151 677 6262 (option 1)

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."