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Course Information

The St Patrick’s School Direct Initial Teacher Training Course aims to support and encourage the next generation of teachers through a personal approach to teacher training.

On our School Direct Course you will have the opportunity to work in two contrasting placement schools. This means that by the end of the year you will be fully equipped with the skills needed to work in any school. You will have the understanding needed to continue your professional development, foster your own passion for learning and be happy and successful in your teaching career.

During your training year you will receive outstanding professional issue sessions provided by staff working in a National Teaching School and across our family of Alliance Schools. This research based training ensures that you have an effective understanding of Teaching and Learning so that you can make a real difference in your own classrooms.

You will have the opportunity to continue to develop your own subject specific knowledge, linking this to the wider curriculum. The Saint Patrick's school direct course includes 12 days of intense, focused, subject specific input from our partner University.

Liverpool Hope University have a Gold Standard in Teaching Excellence, ensuring that you always receive the very best training during your teaching year. These university sessions also provide you with an additional chance to network and share outstanding practice across Initial Teaching Training cohorts. As well as your QTS and PGCE you will receive 60 masters credits on our Schools Direct course.

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You can watch our video that shares our vision and meet some of our trainees here:



Overview of School Direct School Placements

Overview of School Direct School Placements

Our trainees complete two contrasting placements so that they can develop the skills needed to be an effective teacher in a range of settings. The Placements take place across the year.

The Course offers a gradualised teaching timetable, with support offered at every stage of the Programme.

Sept - Mid Feb: Main School Placement A (21 weeks)

Jan: SEN and post 16 placements

Mid Feb - July: Contrasting School Placement B (16 weeks)

Training and Support

Training and Support

With a School Direct Course you will begin your training in school on the first day of the school year in September with the staff of the school. This gives you the opportunity to experience the start of a school year from the perspective of staff and pupils and will give you a valuable insight into how schools establish priorities, routines and procedures.

We provide two induction days before you begin your training year. These days will help to ensure that you have the confidence and information needed to enjoy the programme from day one.

As a School Direct trainee you will receive bespoke training planned and delivered by outstanding teacher and facilitators. These sessions use the latest research as well as years of experience from teaching staff to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to begin to develop into the teacher that you want to be.

Supporting you

As a school Direct trainee, as well as support from our PGCE Provider- Liverpool Hope University, you will also receive additional support from Saint Patrick’s National Teaching School. This means that should you need advice or support during the training year there a range of people with the skills and expertise to guide you through every situation.

As a trainee you can expect to have support from

The Lead School: Both the Strategic Director of Teaching School and the Teaching Schools Co-ordinator know all the trainees on our programme and are involved at every stage of the course to support you. You will receive a dedicated ITT staff member from our Core Team who will work with you throughout the entire year ensuring that you have a personalised and successful training year. Our core ITT mentoring team are all experienced members of staff who share a passion for teaching and learning. They will support, challenge and encourage you during your journey into teaching.

The University: You will have a Subject Tutor who is an expert in your subject to help develop your knowledge of your curriculum. Both the Subject Tutor and the Lead School will make visits you in school. You will also work with an academic subject tutor who will support you in the assignments aimed at Masters level. This will be invaluable in ensuring that you are successful with the academic programme.

The Placement Schools: The placement school will provide you with a Professional Mentor to train and support you in the school and have an overview of your progress.

A Subject Mentor: this will be a class teacher who will mentor and coach you. They will help you on a daily basis during placements to put the theory into practice.

Other Trainees: The Saint Patrick’s trainees become a family and the sessions are designed to help you share best practice and support each other. Many of our trainees continue to share and work together into the NQT year and beyond.


Contact Us

St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ