Train to Teach

Can you give children the gift of learning?

Are you interested in becoming a primary school teacher? If you want your training to be based at a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you.


School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme. It is run by a partnership between a Lead School, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider. School Direct allows participants the opportunity to work closely with schools to gain their Teaching Qualification.


St Nicholas CE Primary School is the Lead School for CAPITAL Teaching School. The Teaching School can provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with LJMU. We have an inspirational partnership of primary schools and our schools are at the cutting edge of teaching and learning. We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers’ alike feel valued and supported. Our partnership of schools comprises a diverse range of primary schools. They are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with a variety of school settings within the partnership. Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management, teaching and learning and other skills and are eager to share their knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. Students are encouraged to formally evaluate provision throughout the programme which contributes to the ongoing review and development of the partnership. CAPITAL Teaching School also provides the opportunity for students to undertake and complete specialist modules of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) and the Anglican Teaching Certificate.


CAPITAL Teaching School, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher status, equating to 60 Masters Credits. The training programme last for one academic year, September-July. We offer the Tuition Fee School Direct Training Programme which provides prospective trainee teachers a route into teaching. Our accredited teacher training provider, LJMU, has a reputation for innovation in programme development and student support. The programme starts with a Summer School at LJMU during the week before school term commences. After spending the first week of term in school, normally one day each week is spent at LJMU during the first half of the programme, with the remaining 4 days in school. In the latter half of the training year, the amount of school-based experience increases to 5 days a week. In addition to the University based course which develops core skills and explores the fundamental principles of teaching and learning, there will also be a variety of training days held in school. Over the course of the training, experience will be gained across all key stages and in at least two schools, with one school acting as a Home School for the majority of the year. Prior to your teaching placements, you will have an intensive induction programme at the university and at school. You will be assigned a professional mentor who will support you in your school placements. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake training to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and development days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.



We offer the School Direct Tuition route.


If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees for the programme will be £9000. Further information can be found at


We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who have enthusiasm, are highly motivated, energetic and creative. We are looking for people who enjoy new challenges; work effectively in a team and who believe that all young people can achieve success. Training to teach is both challenging and rewarding. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to effectively support the learning of groups of young people from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for people who strive to improve and who are committed to their own professional development. It is very important that you understand, and are familiar with, the working environment of a school, so that you have a good idea of whether teaching really is the career for you. A reference from the Headteacher of a school in which you’ve worked or volunteered would strengthen your application.


You should hold, or be expected to achieve, a first degree (or recognised equivalent). The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above. Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application, for instance as a TA or LSA in a primary school. You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science. Students must demonstrate very high standards of communication in both spoken and written English. All entrants must have passed all aspects of the professional skills tests before the beginning of the programme. Mainstream primary school experience would be highly beneficial, prior to application.


As the Lead School in the partnership, St Nicholas CE Primary School will be co-ordinating the recruitment process.

Interviews will be held in St Nicholas CE Primary School or one of our partnership schools and will include a 20 minute observed mini-teach, writing task, followed by a formal interview.  You will be told in advance of the content of the mini-teach and the age group you will be teaching.  This is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.


Recruitment commences on UCAS – 26th October 2017 Register to apply at:



Angela Davies Teaching School Administrator CAPITAL Teaching School St Nicholas CE Primary School Nicholas Road Crosby Liverpool L23 6TS E: T: 0151 – 924 5751 (direct)

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Angela Davies
Teaching School Administrator
St Nicholas CE Primary School,
Nicholas Road,
Liverpool, L23 6TS
0151- 924 5751 (direct line)
0151- 924 1204 (school)
0151 924 1204


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