Catholic Schools Direct
Catholic Schools Direct
An example of partnership working in practice is how well the college has moved with the change in Initial Teacher Training. It is working in the new Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic Schools Direct partnership. Its initial work with Schools Direct has developed excellent quality people into the profession and led to all of them securing jobs; two of them at the college. (Bill Twiss IIP 2014)
What is Schools Direct?
Schools Direct is an innovative new route into teaching, which was announced by the Government in 2011 in the Department for Education (DfE) strategy paper Training Our Next Generation of Outstanding Teachers. School Direct has been designed to enable schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) whilst working in partnership with accredited ITT providers. It is a one year full-time route into teaching, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Wigan & West Lancashire Catholic School Direct is run by a ‘Lead School’ on behalf of a network of schools based in the same area, in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution (Liverpool Hope University).
Prospective trainees apply directly to the Lead School, which is responsible for the recruitment process.
Once selected, trainees will work in schools within the network. They will train in the classroom supported by qualified teachers and mentors and will also spend time studying at Liverpool Hope University as they progress towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate. All routes into teaching must comply with the ITT criteria imposed by the Secretary of State and available here:
All trainees will be allocated to a Home School. Trainees will start the academic year in their home school and spend the majority of their school-based experience time there.
All trainees will spend a placement in their Away School during term 2 of the academic year.
In addition to the directed school-based experience time, all trainees will spend a period of time at the Liverpool Hope University for subject specific enhancement sessions.
Trainees from across the collaborative will meet together on a weekly basis (at one of our partnership schools) for SWD (School Wide Development) Training Sessions.
All trainees will also attend 12 Masters Level Teaching days at the Liverpool Hope University for direct tuition towards the PGCE worth 60 Masters credits.