Initial Teacher Training


Start a new rewarding career by taking your skills and experience into the classroom, inspiring the next generation and helping them realise their ambitions.


Yarlside Teaching School Alliance (YTSA) are proud to be working with the University of Cumbria (UoC) to offer a School Direct Programme which offers a superb route into our rich and rewarding profession. If you study with us, you will be working towards a PGCE course at Masters Level which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Your training will be provided through a partnership with the University of Cumbria. Yarlside Teaching School Alliance School Direct will recruit you and will organise School Embedded Learning experiences for you as well as organising your three assessed placements. The teaching of your modules will be provided by both the University of Cumbria and Yarlside Teaching School Alliance.  As the course structure of our School Direct PGCE and the UoC’s campus based PGCE are the same (in terms of placement dates, assignment deadlines etc) this means you will experience a seamless blend of provision from YTSA and the University of Cumbria.

You will train in a range of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools close to the beautiful Lake District who are very experienced at delivering high quality teacher training and have a range of contrasting contexts. You will train alongside excellent teachers and with a range of experienced staff from fourteen of our strategic partner schools comprising early years and primary.  Working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers always striving for excellence.

We are passionate about developing outstanding teachers and will make available the highest quality initial teacher training to ensure that the best standards of teaching and learning are achieved.  Working together in partnership, we will help you to realise your potential in a creative and supportive environment.


We will be recruiting for our September 2020 trainees from October 2019.

We will provide high quality initial teacher training (ITT) for Primary School Teachers through the School Direct Programme.  The school direct non-salaried training route is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria and offers you the chance to experience 5 days per week of School Embedded Learning whilst following a programme leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) and gain a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

You will have 5 days per week of School Embedded Learning (when not on assessed placement) during which you will be in school but not teaching. This will give you a valuable opportunity to learn from being in a classroom environment and to make connections between your experience and your taught module content. You will also have an enrichment week (linked to the High Quality Learning and Teaching module) in the spring.

Our ITT training is based on the skills employers will be looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT).  Designed by our partnership with the University of Cumbria.

Our ITT programme lasts for the academic year.  We are very fortunate to have excellent partners within our Teaching School Alliance from a wide range of schools.    As your training comes to an end we will guide you through the job submission and interview process by arranging mock interviews with experienced Head Teachers.

You will be welcomed as a member of staff from day one of the course and we will stay in touch with you between your interview day and start day.


PGCE course runs throughout the academic year.


You will have three assessed placement blocks.

1. Beginning Placement 4 weeks in the autumn term 2. Developing Placement 5 weeks in the new year/ winter term 3. Extending Placement 9 weeks in the spring & summer term

These will occur in at least two different schools in order for you to have a range of deep learning experiences. They will also take place in two different key stages to meet the requirements of gaining QTS.  You may be placed in any of our partner schools within the Barrow and Furness area.

You will have the opportunity to learn in the following schools:


  • Barrow Island Primary
  • Cambridge Primary
  • Croftlands Infant School
  • Croftlands Junior School
  • Dalton St Mary’s CE Primary
  • George Romney Junior School
  • Greengate Junior School
  • Hindpool Nursery
  • Holy Family RC Primary
  • Lindal & Marton Primary
  • Low Furness Primary
  • Newbarns Primary
  • Ormsgill Primary
  • Parkside GGI Academy
  • Penny Bridge CE Academy
  • Roose Nursery & Primary
  • Sir John Barrow
  • South Walney Junior School
  • St Columbas Catholic Primary
  • St Paul’s Junior School
  • Victoria Academy
  • Yarlside Academy


You study five modules in total, all learning will integrate theory and practical application.

  • Raising Achievement of Children is a level 7 module (masters level) which enables student teachers to understand the diverse needs of children and factors which contribute to these needs. Also provides strategies and knowledge of services to facilitate the ability to meet these needs within a mainstream setting.
  • High Quality Learning and Teaching is a level 7 module, which enables student teachers to develop independent strategies for planning and teaching effective learning opportunities, informed by their analysis and synthesis of a variety of theoretical frameworks, evidenced in research and literature.
  • Leading and Managing Change is a module at level 6 which enables trainee teachers to consistently develop as they reflect and manage the changing educational environment.
  • Pedagogy and Practice in Key Stage 1 and 2 is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunities to develop the enthusiasm, confidence, skills and key knowledge to be effective primary school teachers. Aligned to the Teacher’s Standards.
  • The Cumbria Teacher of Reading is an online resource to support developing your approach to the teaching of reading.


As you will be studying a PGCE, you will have academic assignments at Masters level which require you to read, research and reflect on your learning and experiences within the training year.

  • You are required to hold a UK first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
  • GCSE Qualifications – a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2020.

School Experience –  We recommend a minimum of ten days Nursery/Primary school experience within the last two years; five days in both Early Years and KS1 for Early Years trainees or five days in both KS1 and KS2 for General Primary trainees.  This is no longer a compulsory entry requirement, however, we feel the experience gained from this hugely benefits applicants in preparing for their interviews.


All applications must be completed through UCAS ITT.   All information can be found on: Apply now for the best chance of securing your place.

When you fill in your application form please look for the “LEAD SCHOOL” in our case it is Yarlside Teaching School Alliance School Direct, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.  Our training provider code is 2GM.  You will also need to use the following codes when applying to ensure that you can carry out your training through us:

  • General Primary (5-11) – Apply via: 2GM School Direct. Course Code35HL
  • Early Years (3-7) – Apply via: 2GM School Direct. Course Code: 35HN

Please note that applications have to be made through the UCAS website. Do not try to apply directly to schools. Click here to see The University of Cumbria’s Programme Specification.  Please note that the UCAS codes detailed on The University’s  programme specification are not to study via Yarlside Teaching School Alliance’s School Direct programme.  You must use UCAS codes 35HL for General Primary (5-11) or 35HN for Early Years (3-7) when applying to study on our programme.  


If you’re successful in your application to train to teach primary school children, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary to support you during your course. There are number of funding options available.


If a student (fee-paying) has any complaints they should always approach their programme leader in the first instance so that all concerns can be dealt with as quickly as possible. However, should an official complaint be required the channels are outlined here.


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South Cumbria School Direct are currently recruiting for the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography

For further information please visit Furness Academy’s website or email Stephen Kelly

** Please note: Due to COVID all courses have been cancelled. We will contact you regarding refunds ***