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Inspire the next generation!

By training to teach, you can make a real impact on the lives of children. Positive, dedicated and motivated teachers inspire creativity and a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.

Forward Together’s hard-working teachers and leaders change lives, improving outcomes for children and schools. Will you make a difference?

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Why Train with Forward Together?

Our School Direct programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria, gives your teaching career a great start. We’re a National Teaching School, rated Outstanding and led by a National Leader of Education, specialising in the training and mentoring of student teachers and newly-qualified teachers.

Forward Together’s education leaders support and improve many local schools, training teachers and introducing fresh ideas to bring classrooms to life.

Outstanding teaching

Our professional and engaging programme is delivered by subject experts in schools local to your placement. You will graduate with a full PGCE and achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Great learning experiences

Placements in schools across the Alliance will give you a fantastic range of experiences, and you can reach us easily. Our partnership schools are located in Wigan, Leigh and Greater Manchester.

Your career with Forward Together

Training with Forward Together offers long-term career options following qualification, with all the training and support you need on hand to help you get to where you want to be.

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Key Dates for School Direct
University of Cumbria

What you need to know

School Direct is a government initiative allowing those interested in a teaching career to complete the majority of their initial teacher training (“ITT”) in a school setting.

Students complete 60 days of training and 120 days of classroom-based teaching. Two Masters modules will be delivered by The University Of Cumbria locally, and teaching theory is taught through tutored sessions, covering topics such as literacy and phonics, behaviour management and the role of Teaching Assistants.

Throughout your placement, you will be supported by a trained, school-based mentor who provides the guidance, support and challenge needed to help you progress.

Supporting School Direct students is central to our training programme and during your time in school you will work closely alongside your classroom teacher, your professional tutor and Forward Together’s ITT management team.

School Direct students spend much more of their training time in the classroom and school environment. The school-led programme allows for theory to be put straight into practice and for training methods to be developed in context, ensuring that newly-qualified teachers are well-prepared for life in the classroom from the very start of their careers.

During your training, you will complete placements across several Forward Together Alliance schools, gaining hands-on and practical experience of classroom working supplemented by high-quality teaching training from Alliance course leaders and University tutors.

To train with us, you will need:

  • a Bachelors degree qualification of 2:1 (preferred) or above, or a recognised equivalent. 2:2 degree qualifications will be considered;
  • 5 GCSE grades A-C, to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent qualfications); and
  • a minimum of 10 days’ experience in the last 12 months within a primary school setting.

Students on School Direct non-salaried routes do not receive a salary during training but you may be eligible for a student loan and/or a teacher training bursary.

Annual fees for the School Direct (non-salaried tuition fee) programme inn 2017/18 are £9,250 per student in 2017/18. International students are charged £10,500. Fees for 2018/19 are not yet available but we will update this information as soon as they’re released.

Students from the UK or EU are entitled to apply for a tuition fee loan which is repaid once you start to earn over £21,000 (if you’re from England) or £15,795 (if you’re from Scotland). UK students may also qualify for maintenance loans or maintenance grants.

For more information on student finance and to apply for finance, see the University’s guidance.

There may be some additional costs to pay. All students will need to purchase their own stationery, course books and personal equipment. Funding may also be required to cover field trips, membership fees and so on.

Our partner University is one of the country’s leading providers of teacher education and partners with schools nationwide as part of the School Direct programme.

The University believes strongly in delivering academic teaching philosophy complemented by practical, hands-on, school-based learning. During the programme, you will have opportunity to consider and challenge yourself on your skills and the impact you make on pupils and the school community, leading to the development of outstanding, reflective teachers.

Find out more about the University of Cumbria.


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If you’re interested in finding out more about the 2018/19 programme with Forward Together, please contact us to register your interest:

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July-October 2017 Arrange your work experience if required
July-October 2017 Obtain your application references
September 2017 Information sessions for School Direct 2018/19 at Tyldesley Primary School
September 2017 Prepare your application and references
October 2017 Apply formally through UCAS
October 2017-December 2018 Interviews and offers

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