School Direct at Turton
Initial Teacher Training
Bolton
North West
2021 UCAS applications open for browsing. Applications being accepted from Tuesday 13th October 2020.

Considering a career in teacher training? Based in or around the North West of England? Join us for our two virtual Drop In Evenings, where you can explore programme options, eligibility and meet the SD at Turton team. Simply email sd@turton.uk.com to reserve your place.

Trainee Reflections in Lockdown
Teaching in the online environment has highlighted how supportive the staff at School Direct and Turton, and also fellow trainees, are. You feel like you are part of one cohesive unit, enabling the confidence to be creative and implement new approaches for the benefit of the pupils.




T.L.
PE with English
Lockdown was a rollercoaster of emotions, but the highs well and truly outweighed the lows. A computer screen became our new classroom, we adapted, we remodelled and we learnt. Even through a screen you could see those lightbulb moments and gain a greater understanding of your students. 2020-21 the year of resilience and adaptability in both the classroom and the virtual classroom. Without the support of the drama department and the SD team, lockdown would’ve been a different experience and for that I am truly grateful.
S.A.
Drama
Switching to online learning was a challenge but the support my mentor and department gave me was amazing. I learnt so many new teaching skills and was able to maintain and build upon my relationships with my pupils. I think I have come out the other end a better and more resilient teacher.



M.B
Geography
When we moved onto virtual learning I felt very overwhelmed because it was unknown territory. However, this worry soon disappeared thanks to the continued support and encouragement from my mentor, subject department, the SD team and the whole team at Turton. The main thing I recall about this experience is that I never felt alone. I received casual messages of kindness from members of the SD team checking in on my well - being and also senior members of staff at Turton acknowledging the influential work trainees had been doing during virtual learning. This really gave me a boost of confidence and was lovely to receive recognition for the work that I had been doing. No matter how minor the problem or concern there was someone at Turton I could turn too, so I am very thankful, grateful and lucky to have experienced virtual learning here at Turton.
A.C.
Art
During my experiences of teaching during lockdown it was clear how supportive the School Direct team and LJMU are. Lockdown led to numerous challenges, which I would not have been able to overcome with the insight and assistance of the team. I also discovered that through my months of training in class I was fully capable of transferring these skills online to teach via Microsoft Teams. The engagement and interactivity with my students continued to be at a high level, and has made it more exciting to start planning for the return to the classroom.




T.S.
Computing
Teaching throughout lockdown was a very interesting and valuable time for me as a trainee teacher! It allowed me to explore a variety of different ways to teach and taught me things that I can bring into the classroom now we have returned to school! So much support has been available from both the SD team and Turton School itself throughout remote learning. My mentor in particular provided me with a huge amount of support and guidance throughout lockdown and always made me feel reassured. Teaching throughout lockdown has taught me lots of valuable lessons. It has shown me the importance of finding the positives in a stressful situation and always staying resilient which was made possible by the great deal of support that was always provided throughout!

A.M.
History
Who are we?
 School Direct at Turton is an innovative, school led Initial Teacher-Training programme, based in Bolton, North West England, designed and formed through a strategic partnership between Turton School, Egerton Community Primary School and our alliance partners. Our PGCE with QTS programme will also give you 60 credits towards a Master’s degree. We are delighted to be working with our university partner, Liverpool John Moores University who support our aims of working creatively and flexibly with you, to provide the highest quality training.
Why SD at Turton?
Our vision is to ensure that you are prepared for the challenges of the classroom and well-equipped to benefit students in the schools in which you will train. We will work collaboratively and proactively with you to achieve high quality teaching and learning through continual professional development. You will work in a school for four days a week and will come back to Turton School on one day for lectures, workshops and professional development training. School Direct at Turton and Liverpool John Moores University share a common vision of teaching and learning, grounded in research and practitioner knowledge. This vision is underpinned by a shared passion and drive to train and develop you to be an outstanding and inspirational teacher who is highly employable, a highly successful teaching professional and leader of learning.
Our Vision for Teacher Training

TO INSPIRE

We train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and leaders of learning.

TO SUPPORT

We build strong and resilient practitioners who are adaptable and open to the changing landscape of education.

TO PROGRESS

We inspire trainee teachers and develop them in order to become enthusiastic, effective and critically reflective practitioners.

SD at Turton Team
Our University Partner
“You can only effectively grow a partnership by being a quality provider and one of the really delightful things about Ofsted is that we can now say it’s not just us that thinks that we’ve got something quite special, Ofsted are saying it too.”
Jan Rowe
Head of Initial Teacher Education
LJMU Commitment
"We are fully committed to working with schools to ensure the supply of a well-qualified, committed and socially engaged workforce able to take on the challenge of ensuring that all learners succeed. We know that genuine collaboration with school partners is key to the success of our initial teacher education programmes. We take our responsibility of listening to schools seriously and strive to involve our school partners in all that we do, from recruitment and course design and development, to the award of Qualified Teacher Status."
ITT Programme Details

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Primary (Age 3-7 Years) (Code: 2Y6N) programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Primary (Age 5-11 Years) (Code: 2XMB) programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focussed on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education for secondary based subjects provides an intensive training experience, tightly focussed on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on a teaching career. Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, as a post graduate programme it also supports the development of a high degree of:

* Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
* Reflective practice linked to professional development
* Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
* Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge

Assessment:
Achievement of the Teaching Standards required for QTS is assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence based on your experience and practice in schools, and an assessment of performance in practice during the programme.

The PGCE academic assignments have been designed to complement and support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training programme. They involve a number of short written components; investigations and evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. All are designed to support you in linking student’s practical experience with your engagement and reflection on research in order to have a positive impact on student’s classroom practice and your pupils’ learning.

Support:
In school, the expertise of your Initial Teacher Training Mentor and Professional Mentor will enable you to make excellent progress through regular feedback. The department and school you work in will support you, both in terms of developing your pedagogic skills and any challenges you may face. At university, the highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise from school and university helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities available to today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support at university is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfill your potential.

Enrichment:
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and a variety of schools in our partnership.

We are currently accepting applications for the following subjects:

Art and Design (2Y6M)
Biology (2Y6L)
Business Studies (2Y5V)

Chemistry (34H4)
Computing (2Y6J) 

Dance (2Y6H)
Design and Technology (2Y6G)
Drama (2Y6F)

English (2Y6D)
Geography (2Y6C)
History (2Y6B)

Mathematics (2Y69)
Modern Foreign Languages (2Y67)
Music (2Y66)
Physical Education (2Y5X)

Physics (2Y64)
Religious Education (2Y5Z)
Psychology and Social Science (2Y62)

Our programme differs from other, more traditional teacher training routes in that you are placed in a home school for the majority of your training. We discuss home school placements when you have accepted any offer we might make.

There is a university-based, week long summer school at the end of August prior to starting the course.

Your school-based experience takes place largely in a Home School, supported by teachers invested in teacher education. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your ITT Mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support you and your mentor.

All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff, ensuring that you are supported from start to finish, personally and professionally.

A 6 week placement will be undertaken in January in a complementary setting. The most striking difference is the university involvement. Liverpool John Moores University deliver the academic programme on site, at Turton School, on Wednesdays.

School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your Initial Teacher Training Mentor who will support your professional learning experience in school.

The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. We also make full use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

This programme is tightly focussed on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you to monitor progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

Your ITT Mentor will organise and supervise your school-based training and will in turn be supported by an LJMU Tutor who will visit school several times during the year to support you.

You should have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in your subject specialism or related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.*

*PE – 2:1 degree classification

*Physics – 3rd degree classification

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)

For Primary applications, GCSE Science at grade C/4 or above is also required.

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with ecl-recruit@ljmu.ac.uk

Apply on the UCAS website now! You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code:2BS
  • Training programme code:2Y6M

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the interview process now takes place via a Zoom meeting for both Primary and Secondary applicants, with a team specialist. Interviews will take place weekly from October 16th 2020 to June 12th 2021.

During the interview, there will be:

  • an introductory meeting with a member of the School Direct at Turton training team and where possible, lead of the programme.
  • a 15-minute teaching task, prepared in advance and delivered via Zoom to the team.
  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching.
  • the interview will be conducted by two members of the Initial Teacher Education team and will explore your experiences and provide you the best opportunity to demonstrate you knowledge, understanding and desire to become a teacher.
  • subject knowledge assessment (PGCE Secondary only)
  • subject knowledge assessment (literacy and numeracy focus PGCE Primary only).
  • identity and qualification checks. You will be expected to provide: Photo ID (passport or driving license), GCSE Certificates or equivalent (including English & Maths at grade C / 4 or above) and Degree level certificate where appropriate.
Have you done your research?

No two teacher training interviews will be the same, so you need to be able to tailor your approach. Make sure you do your research about the school(s) or university that will be leading your training. If successful, you’ll be with them for a year (and possibly longer if one of your placements leads to employment).

When you receive an invitation for an interview, read it very carefully so you know exactly what to expect. Most invitations will  contain a series of tasks for you to complete ahead of the interview:

  • a review of personal documentation including examination certificates
  • a planned lesson – the topic will be given to you prior to the day of the interview
  • an individual interview, which could be one-to-one or with a panel
  • a written task, or tasks, which could involve a literacy test and/or subject-based test

So you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for every eventuality to improve your chances of making a great impression.

What qualities do you bring to teaching?

You’ll need to be sure you can provide compelling reasons for why you have all the right qualities for teaching. These include:

  • having an assured, committed reason for wanting to get into teaching and an understanding of how you can make a difference as a teacher
  • knowing what you can bring to the course you’re applying for – both in terms of your subject knowledge and the ethos of the school(s) or university leading your training
  • being able to explain what you’ve learnt from your school experience
  • showing you can apply transferable skills from any previous employment to teaching
  • understanding current policies and practices in education and teaching in general

You may have already given a lot of thought to these areas when crafting your written application. That’s a good start, but don’t be complacent and hope reciting that will carry you through.

And, as with any interview, you’ll be expected to demonstrate good personal, intellectual and communication skills – in fact, as a prospective teacher, these are vital skills.

The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:

UK Students – £9250

EU students – £9250

You may may be eligible for a loan while you study,or if you are from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances.

A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on tuition fee-based teacher training courses in England that lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Receiving a bursary or scholarship depends on:

  • highest relevant academic award
  • ITT subject

Trainees are only eligible for a bursary or scholarship if they’re entitled to support under the student finance criteria. Trainees from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should read Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK can contact Get into Teaching or their chosen training provider for more advice.

 

For 2021 to 2022, we are offering bursaries of:

  • £24,000 in chemistry, computing, maths and physics
  • £10,000 in languages and classics
  • £7,000 in biology

Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2, or if they hold Master’s or PhD.

We are also offering scholarships of £26,000 in chemistry, computing, maths and physics. Scholarships also come with a package of additional benefits from the appropriate professional body.

Each of the professional bodies that offer scholarships sets the award criteria. Scholarship applicants should apply to the relevant professional body. For details, go to Get into Teaching.

Trainees cannot receive both a scholarship and a bursary.

We will publish more guidance on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships in the Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual in due course.

Graduates with a 2:1 and above can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility and qualification criteria.

Our North West Partnership Schools
Trainee Testimonials
"Throughout this training School Direct at Turton ITT programme, I have felt supported by all the leaders, especially my placement mentor. School Direct at Turton provides excellent training from a range of professionals, who have the experience required to develop and guide teachers for the future of education. My journey has been a long time coming but, it has been amazing! I highly recommend this training provider. It is, in my opinion simply the best!"
Angela Back
Primary
"My experience of teacher training with School Direct at Turton has been immensely positive. Throughout the course of the training year, I feel that I have been given valuable guidance and the skills to begin a successful teaching career. The School Direct at Turton team have been highly supportive during my training year and have helped in any way they possibly can. The communication has been fantastic over the course of the year and the team have been very approachable, they have always made the time to talk to me if I have had any concerns. The lectures and cognate sessions were stimulating and helped me to develop my subject knowledge, teaching practice and pedagogy. I cannot recommend School Direct at Turton enough as a training provider, they have gone above and beyond for myself and all of the trainees and I am so grateful for all of their help this year."
Gemma Bailey
Social Sciences
"The support given from the School Direct at Turton is outstanding, from contacting the team during the application process through to completing the teacher training I could not have asked for more guidance and support. I selected to complete initial teacher training with SD at Turton due to the excellent reputation and the course was everything I expected and more. The lectures from Liverpool John Moores University combined with the in school experience ensured I am confident moving forward next year as a NQT. Having my teaching observed by experienced staff can seem daunting, however, it is clear that all staff are fully supportive and want to help to create the best teacher you can be. I will always remember the support given from my mentor, how this has developed my practice and cannot thank them enough. I would and already have recommended SD at Turton to anybody wanting to complete teacher training"
Martin Glover
Geography
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of the School Direct at Turton teacher training programme. I wouldn’t be where I am today, preparing to start my first teaching job, without the expert training and guidance from the School Direct team. The School Direct team were supportive throughout the year, and were always on hand to answer any queries that I had regarding assignments and meeting the teaching standards. The lectures and cognate sessions were engaging and strengthened my teaching practice and pedagogy. The weekly mentor meetings allowed myself and my mentor to highlight my next steps in my training which ensured I was continually improving. Each timetable at both my placement schools enabled me to grow in confidence and build positive working relationships with the pupils."
Jack Fowler
Physical Education
“School Direct at Turton have been the best training providers I could possibly have asked for. The individual support that they give each and every trainee is amazing. They provided all the trainees with regular training sessions every week to develop our subject knowledge across all of the primary curriculum. This helped my confidence grow in the classroom and enabled me to deliver and teach effective lessons that had a great impact on the children’s learning and development. I have grown so much not only as a teacher but as a person as well during my training year. Every member of School Direct at Turton have been so helpful throughout, responding to emails quickly, answering any questions we have at any time and guiding every trainee to where we are now. When looking and securing my first teaching job for September, the team at SD at Turton couldn’t have been more helpful. They provided video calls over zoom to do mock interviews and to chat to all the trainees about job interviews and what they entail. I couldn’t have done it without them!”
Stephanie Tattersall
Art & Design
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