Course Structure

Aims of the course

  • We will work with you from the point of interview , through a high quality training programme, which will be seen as the first part of your professional development, ensuring a smooth and successful transition to the NQT induction and beyond.
  • Mindful of the challenges you will face, we will support you with respect, whilst exercising a duty of care at each stage of your personalised training.
  • You are expected to make a positive contribution to pupils’ learning from the beginning of your programme; expectations for learning and development are central to the training programme we will devise.
  • We will provide opportunities for you to train in a variety of exciting, challenging and innovative schools across the partnership, learning first- hand from experienced teachers and trainers.
  • We will create an holistic training programme putting the well-being and safeguarding of you and the pupils you teach at its heart.

We will ensure that you are equipped to enjoy the rewards and challenges of the teaching profession and we recognise the need to nurture the next generation of committed, resilient, high quality teachers and school leaders.

Course structure

The programme will consist of thirty-five weeks of school centred training from the beginning of September to the end of June. Initially, you will spend time as a cohort, undertaking focused observation to help you form a close peer group network. Here you will begin to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan for pupils’ learning. Going forward, four days per week will be in the school environment, with one day in conference sessions focusing on your growing professional, personal and academic knowledge, understanding and skills. Conference sessions will include the following topics: Well-being, SEND, EAL, Behaviour, Professional Values and Practice, Subject Knowledge and Assessment to ensure you are provided with a programme that enables you to meet the Teachers’ Standards at a good or outstanding level. Six of the conference days will be with Liverpool John Moores University staff in order to develop your Masters work. Trainees will need to travel to Tarleton Academy near Preston for 6 sessions over the year and also to Liverpool John Moores University for induction days. If required, transport to Tarleton can be provided.


The training programme consists of two extended school placements from September through to February and then February through to June in one of our Partnership schools: Bridgewater High School, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School or Penketh High School. You will also experience an enhanced placement with our partners in order to gain knowledge and experience within the following areas: Key Stage 5; Challenging Schools;SEND/EAL and primary. As you progress, your timetable and teaching load will be tailored to your needs and determined by your confidence and competence. We recruit candidates who have the potential to be outstanding teachers and we aim for all trainees to be ‘outstanding’ by the end of their year training with us. Teacher training designed by our schools’ outstanding teachers and leaders will ensure a firm grounding in practical skills. Spending more of your training in the school environment, for many trainees, is proven to be the best grounding for a career in teaching. Our programme is designed to create the next generation of outstanding teachers who will help lead our schools to success.