Initial Teacher Training

Teaching is an enormously challenging profession but the rewards are immense. We believe that the training programme and the support that follows must be of the highest quality in order to prepare our teachers to face the demands of any classroom within any context.

The Red Rose Teaching School Alliance works collaboratively with its many secondary school partners to provide excellent high quality training for all those who gain a place with us. We are fortunate enough to work with local, well established secondary schools, who all have long standing reputations of supporting and training teachers. If we offer you a place on our programme, you will spend your two placements within the following cluster schools: Bishop Rawstorne C of E Academy, Penwortham Girls' High School, Lostock Hall High School, Balshaw's Church of England High School, Byrchall High School or Brownedge St.Mary's Catholic High School. Moreover, many of our trainees go on to be successfully employed either within our cluster or wider alliance schools.

The main purpose of our alliance is to secure and promote high quality entrants to the profession, to facilitate high quality placements and to offer a creative approach with a wide range of school experiences.  If you secure a place on our School Direct programme we will ensure that you will work with outstanding practitioners who are committed to securing outstanding outcomes.


What our trainees say

‘The PM sessions were tailored to our needs therefore each session was relevant and not a repetition of previous meetings. Helen made us feel that we could go to her at any time and when we needed her always made time for us. I feel very lucky’ 

‘Positive environment, continuous support throughout and dedicated staff. Overall, an amazing first teaching experience’ 

‘Staff are very welcoming and willing to give you guidance or advice’

‘The support from the school has been outstanding and the only downside is that I don’t get to stay here longer’



Our 2017-18 entry requirements for our School Direct programme are as follows:

* A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a UK university. If the applicant is in his/her final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

* Minimum of C grade GCSEs in English Language, mathematics or standard equivalent.

* Preferably at least a grade B at A level in a relevant subject or standard equivalent.

* A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways - time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.

* You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. 

* If you accept a formal offer of a place you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

All students must pass tests in literacy and numeracy prior to starting the course. You will also be required to have school experience. If you do not currently have school experience you may still apply, but must state how you intend to gain this experience. We can help in arranging time in school.

*Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link your chosen teaching subject, we can arrange for you to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training

Why teach?

Bishop Rawstorne have been working closely with the Department for Education to support their 'Get into Teaching' campaign. Please see the attached link which explains why our teachers and pupils are so passionate about teaching and why it is such a rewarding profession:


Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Physical Education, Religious Education, Computing, Music and Modern Foreign Languages

85% of our 2016 trainees have secured employment!


If you would like to spend a day observing lessons in your chosen subject area please contact us at