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School Direct 

St James's Teaching Partnership

The St James's Teaching Partnership is focussed on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

So the question is "Do you want to be part of this journey?"

Our School Direct programme is designed to be bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. As a National Teaching School we have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. But it doesn't end there we are committed to supporting your teaching career, our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, and also middle and senior leaders, should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Currently there are 21 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Head Teachers in the local areas are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have four OUTSTANDING schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

Our programme is run in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, who provide the PGCE elements to the course. We have a well-established relationship with MMU and work with them on a number of projects outside of ITT also.

Schools within our Partnership

St James CE High School (Lead School)

Little Lever High School

Sharples School

Bury Church of England High School

Canon Slade School

Bolton Muslim Girls School

Mount St Joseph's RC High School

Kearsley Academy

Bolton Impact Trust

Smithills School

Westhougthon High School

St Peters Farnworth Primary (Lead Primary)

St James's Primary

Highfield Primary​​

St Johns Primary

Queensbridge Primary

All Saints Primary

Kearsley West Primary

The Ferns Primary Academy

The Orchards Nursery School

Cherry Tree Primary School

Why choose School Direct?

School Direct courses last an academic year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS), along with a PGCE.

You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

Participating schools will work in partnership with ITT providers to recruit their own trainees allowing schools to train teachers in subjects that meet their needs. With this in mind there is a possibility that successful trainees may go on to work in one of the schools in which they were trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment at the end of the training.

For more information on School Led ITT, including application process, tuition fees and bursaries please visit the get into teaching website:

 Places available with the St James's Teaching Partnership starting 2017


 HEI Provider



Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University  



Manchester Metropolitan University


Art & Design

Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University


Computer Science

Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University


Physical Education

Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University


English PRU Career Focus

Manchester Metropolitan University 


Maths PRU career Focus

Manchester Metropolitan University 



 Manchester Metropolitan University


Religious Education

Manchester Metropolitan University 



Manchester Metropolitan University 



Manchester Metropolitan University 



Manchester Metropolitan University


Food Technology 

Manchester Metropolitan University 


Product Design 

Manchester Metropolitan University


Biology with PE 

 Manchester Metropolitan University



Manchester Metropolitan University



Please do not hesitate to make contact if you need any further information. Our contacts emails are:  Victoria Gavin (Teaching School Manager)  Rebecca Iozzi (ITT Professional Mentor)

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