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Primary School Direct

A warm welcome to the St James's Teaching Partnership and thank you for taking time to find out more about our primary school direct programme. The Farnworth primary schools work within the St.James Teaching School Partnership, providing a bespoke primary school direct programme for our trainees. Head teachers in Farnworth (working together under the Farnworth Learning Collaborative) are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this.

Within our programme, trainees enjoy a blended programme which includes;

● Attending  a weekly group training session (usually half a day) with the group of primary trainees, receiving high quality practitioner-led training, peer support and joint practice development opportunities.

● School-led professional  learning where you would be able to take advantage of a range of professional development opportunities within your own school.

● Attending high quality training provided by other primary schools and the teaching school throughout the year.

● Attending MMU in line with the expectations as specified on their website.

● Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioners within their own school.

We recognise and value the decision you made to come into our schools. As such, throughout the year you will be very well supported. We are keen to see each individual trainee working to achieve the very best and enjoying success in their chosen career! We know professional development is a two way process. As such we will listen to you, work to identify your own development needs and support you in meeting your targets. We work with determination in a collaborative school-led system across Farnworth.

Your career in teaching with us will be challenging but the most rewarding experience. Please do not hesitate to make contact if you need any further information. No question is too trivial and we would love to talk to you. To arrange a telephone conversation or a face to face meeting please contact
Lynn Williams (Head teacher at St.Peter’s School, Farnworth)

Tel no: 01204 333090   


 How do placements work?

During the year you will be attached to a main school (placement A) and spend 7 weeks in a second primary school. (placement B) You will also spend 2 weeks in a SEND placement. This is designed to enhance and extend your knowledge of how young children learn and how to create the very best teaching and learning environment.


What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking for people who are MAD

Can you Make A Difference? We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

  • 2:2 degree

  • experience of working with Early Years/ primary age children

  • ability to work as a team player

  • good interpersonal skills with adults and children

  • genuine openess to improvement, through continued professional development

  • the ability to be reflective in practice


 MMU Entry requirements for Primary School Direct

  • degree classification of 2:2 or above

  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include English Language & Maths. These can be pending at the time of application. Science equivalency tests are accepted from ITT HEI institutions only.

    Qualifications not accepted:

    Key Skills. Adult Numeracy and Literacy. Human biology and human Physiology.

 NB:• All students must pass tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting on the course

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre. 

What you need to take to your skills test:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  (links to http://sta.education.gov.uk 

You’ll also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit: http://sta.education.gov.uk

School experience is beneficial to your application but not essential. if you wish to book school experience please contact training@st-james.bolton.sch.uk


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