The School Direct PGCE programme is a 1-year, non-salaried route into primary and secondary education with QTS teaching only, in partnership the University of Cumbria which offers the opportunity to complete the majority of teacher training based in a school.  Students  qualify with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE with QTS).

The programme is an exciting route into primary or secondary teaching as it is a hands-on teacher training experience, based in schools. The course equips trainee teachers with the expertise needed to flourish as a qualified teacher. 

When trainee teachers start they become part of the school community and train as a professional from day one, whether they be in Primary, Secondary or Special Education Schools.  The programme is designed and delivered by outstanding teachers with a proven track record of developing future teachers and leaders.

Trainee teachers on the programme thrive because of the superb guidance and professional development they receive from outstanding mentors. Many trainees go on to gain employment in schools within the Omega Multi-Academy Trust or at schools across Cheshire and Merseyside.