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Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance

Train To Teach - School Direct Programme

Are you considering 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

As the lead school within the Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance, Our Lady of Pity R.C. Primary School offers training in an outstanding teaching environment to enable you to develop a deep understanding of excellence in the classroom.  While training with us there will be collaborative opportunities which include working with a number of outstanding schools in contrasting catchment areas. 

  • Do you have what it takes to develop initiatives and take part in practical, workplace-based research?
  • Are you interested in developing the landscape for students who follow you?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership capacity to the full?

Our Alliance provides a unique opportunity for you to train, not just as a teacher for tomorrow, but as a future leader of education.  Our Lady of Pity is a Catholic school and offers you the opportunity to train in the context of the Christian ethos, but there is no religious requirement for students. Second placement schools will offer non-faith based settings. 

A career in teaching is satisfying, fulfilling and has the capacity to change lives.  Our Lady of Pity offers post graduate training through the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme in partnership with Liverpool John Moore's 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.  This one year training programme includes a six week placement in a contrasting school and offers you experience with infant and junior children. 


How does the programme work?

We run the School Direct programme through a consortium of schools, all of which will offer highest quality placements for successful candidates. 

Our consortium includes:

  • Sandbrook
  • Heygarth
  • Black Horse Hill Infants
  • Black Horse Hill Juniors
  • Dawpool CR Aided Primary School
  • Higher Bebington Junior School
  • Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School
  • Town Lane Infant School

One day of each week is spent at Liverpool John Moore's University, developing your core skills and exploring the fundamental principles of teaching and learning.  The other four days each week (apart from additional incidental training) are spent in your placement school: team teaching, planning, resourcing and delivering the full range of the primary school curriculum. 

Successful candidates will be offered a place after a one day interview process and will then be offered a familiarisation visit to the school within the consortium most likely to be their main placement training school.

We offer Primary and Early Years Primary training placements with mathematics specialism, through the non-salaried route.  Successful applicants may be eligible to apply for a Department of Education grant.  Successful applicants can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.  Further details can be found on the website: or contact us on