Train to Teach

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led route for teacher training, within the Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance in partnership with LJMU which offers practical, hands-on training; the course has very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. Upon completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with QTS.

Why Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance?

As an Alliance it is our mission to provide high quality, school based initial teacher training. We know our provision ensures trainees feel fully prepared for life in the classroom and a career in teaching.

Trainee Teachers will have the benefit of working with a strong alliance of schools during their training year. Our Partner school cover a wide geographical area across the whole of Cheshire and South Wirral, together with providing the opportunity to train in a variety of school settings.


Here are what our Associate Teachers had to say about their experience last year:

  • "The support has been absolutely excellent"
  • "You are constantly encouraged by the support around you"
  • "You are treated like a full-time member of staff"
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – the perfect route if you want to become a teacher"

How do I apply?

Applications to School Direct are made through UCAS. Click the following link to the UCAS Teacher Training search tool. Under Training Provider enter Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance (School Direct) where you will find all our courses listed.

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Further information can be found on our website at Cheshire Vale Teaching Support Alliance.