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School Direct

Thornleigh Salesian College has recently joined a partnership with Northern Alliance.

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School Direct is a new and exciting way of training to be a teacher.

Prospective trainees will be able to choose the group of schools they would like to be trained in and will have a greater opportunity to develop much closer links with those schools during and after their training.

About this training programme

The programme is highly personalised from your first contact with us to taking up your first job, probably in an Alliance school. You will be based in an Alliance school from September where you will be trained and mentored by outstanding, specialist teachers in successful departments. Regular central training sessions bring you together with other trainees to learn from each other, share your insights and develop your professional skills. You will soon find yourself in classrooms, and with full support and thorough preparation, will share the responsibility for planning and teaching your own groups.

In addition to school- based training for Qualified Teacher Status, our trainees achieve a PGCE with Master’s level credits. For this part of the programme you will be taught by tutors from Liverpool Hope University, an outstanding Higher Education provider, and have full access to the university’s learning and research resources.

Rivington School Direct – see the latest information here

School Direct is an initiative that enables prospective trainees an opportunity to choose the group of schools they would like to be trained in. It also gives them a greater opportunity to develop much closer links with those schools during and after their training.

Rivington School Direct is a partnership of eleven secondary schools in Bolton and one North West University supported by primary and secondary special schools and the Bolton Pupil Referral Service to deliver Initial Teacher Training.

Harper Green School

Ladybridge High School

Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College

Rivington and Blackrod High School

St Joseph’s RC High School

Thornleigh Salesian College

Turton High School

Westhoughton High School

Essa Academy

Smithills School 

The above schools are the 11 Secondary schools in the partnership with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) our partner University. Firwood High School, our Secondary and Ladywood Special School, our Primary are our supporting special schools. The partnership is also working strategically with the Ladywood Teaching School Alliance. We had 14 trainees for 2014-2015 trained in these schools and all of our trainees from 2013-2014 gained teaching posts for September 2014.

The subjects we offered for 2015-2016 were Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German), History, Geography, Religious Studies, Drama, Computer Science, Art & Design, Business Studies, Design Technology, Physical Education, Social Sciences & Music. We had considerably more places for 2015-2016 than in previous years.

Trainees will have an opportunity to experience a wide variety of alternative school settings, follow a unique Foundation Leadership course and gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through the Manchester Metropolitan University (which has been graded as Outstanding for all areas of Initial Teacher Training).

Information for 2016-17 can below found in the PDF below. So if you are interested in this exciting new development in initial teacher training, please contact Jim Mitchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details, click on the link here for the Teaching Agency, where you will be given details on how to apply.

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