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Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance

Train To Teach - School Direct Programme

Are You Interested in a Career in Teaching?


"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."

Margaret Mead

Deep Learning TSA (Our Lady of Pity R.C. Primary School) have partnered with Ignite TSA (St Bernard's Primary School) to offer you a post graduate training opportunity through the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme in partnership with Chester University. Our training programme places you in the classroom to learn alongside successful, inspirational teachers who are passionate about their work and have a gift for developing these skills in others. We provide a unique opportunity for you to train, not just as a teacher for tomorrow, but as a future leader of education.

About This Training Programme

This is a full-time training programme, which leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Primary) from the University of Chester. The programme lasts a year, with a minimum of 120 school based learning days – approximately 90 in your main placement, with a further 30 in an alternative placement. Each placement will be in a different key stage.

There will be a further training days held at Chester University as well as days held at venues organised by Ignite TSA and Deep Learning TSA. Achievement of a PGCE Primary Award enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is awarded by the General Teaching Council.

We can also offer:

  • Accredited training in autism and SEND
  • Educational Visits, leader training and certification
  • Cutting edge practice in teaching and assessment strategies
  • Specific placements open for students wishing to embark on a teaching career in Catholic education
  • Opportunity to work with maths specialists leading national initiatives

The School Direct programme is run through a consortium of schools, all of which will offer highest quality placements. 

Deep Learning TSA’s consortium of Wirral Schools includes:

  • Sandbrook Primary School
  • Heygarth Primary School
  • Black Horse Hill Infant School
  • Black Horse Hill Junior School
  • Dawpool CR Aided Primary School
  • Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School
  • Town Lane Infant School
  • St Johns Infant School

For more information on the schools within the Ignite Consortium please contact Steve Jevons – ITT Strategic Lead ( or 0151 355 2047).