North West Teacher Training Partnership

Teaching is a challenging but exciting profession where the rewards for working with school-age students are significant, however, it is important that you choose a provider who will create a bespoke programme of training which will enable you to flourish in the classroom and make a positive impact on the lives of the young people in your care.

Why choose the North West Teacher Training Partnership?

The North West Partnership is a school based Initial Teacher Training programme, consisting of exceptionally strong partner schools who have a long and very successful track record of working together to deliver high quality school based teacher training in the local area.  Our small partnerships of schools in and around Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland and Preston have not only trained many outstanding teachers in recent years, but have also employed many of them in our schools. 

Our training programme will not only enable you to secure Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE from the University of Cumbria, with 60 Masters level credits, it will also provide you with opportunities to attend training events delivered across the partnership so that you can broaden your own school experience. The main purpose of our alliance is to secure and promote quality entrants to the profession with an edge in their field, to facilitate high quality placements and to offer bespoke training opportunities according to your needs and interests.  If you accept the offer of a place on our School Direct programme we will ensure that you have opportunities to work with outstanding practitioners who are committed to securing outstanding outcomes for you.

The schools involved in the partnership are:

What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking to recruit talented candidates with the qualities and attributes to be successful teachers in a secondary school setting. The personal qualities we are looking for are:

Eligibility and the application process

If you accept a formal offer of a place you will also be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, we can help you to arrange to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin your training.

Subjects available for 2016/2017

Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages (French with German or French with Spanish)

Recruitment for September 2016 will commence at the end of October 2015 when the UCAS Teacher Training website opens. Places will be offered on a first-come first-served basis so you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible.

Suitable applicants will be sent further details of our recruitment programme and invited to a half-day interview at one of our partner schools once their application has been assessed.

If you would like to speak to someone about our course or arrange to visit one of our schools please contact Nicky Dimmer by emailing