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Teacher Training

Blackburn Central High School assists people wishing to join the teaching profession. To make sure that trainee teachers get the best start possible we work closely with the following:

Preston Teaching School Alliance's School Direct training programme provides graduates with a direct route into teaching. Working in partnership with the University of Cumbria, consists of a variety of primary, secondary and special schools with a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training. Trainee Teachers will be trained by outstanding teachers within the alliance leading to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Information and how to apply can be found on our PPSA website: https://www.prestontsa.org.uk/ and also on the DFE website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training

PGCE places are available via Edgehill University who have been training teachers for 130 years. Edge Hill University has earned an enviable reputation in ensuring that expert practitioners are working with the country’s children, young people and adult learners.

DACA's School Direct is a new and exciting way of training to be a teacher. Participating trainees will be able acquire significant real life experience of the profession through being placed at Secondary schools throughout their training period. This route allows trainees to build relationships with stakeholders and learn from outstanding practitioners who will be on hand to offer guidance and support throughout the course. In many cases, at the end of the training period, those undertaking the scheme continue to work in the school or school group where they train.

Star Institute offers three routes into primary and secondary teaching through the Star Teachers programme:

School centred, assessment only, and a Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.

All routes include time spent training in at least two schools and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The optional award of a PGCert is also available via their partner University.