Initial Teacher Training

Focus-Trust now offer a school-based Primary PG Teacher Training programme here in the North West.  Learn from highly experienced and inspirational leaders in a professional school environment.

School Direct is a full-time, PGCE route into teaching. It is an exciting opportunity to train directly with schools and to immerse yourself in every aspect of the life of a busy primary school environment. Whilst the programme itself is validated by an HEI, much of the content is developed by schools in order to produce the next generation of outstanding classroom practitioners.

If you would like more information, please contact Rachel or Kayleigh at

We will be accepting applications from the end of October 2017  to begin training in September 2018.

For further information:-

Schools Direct Programme


or visit  where you can find details of the General Primary PGCE offered by the University of Cumbria. Please note that, whilst our Programme mirrors that of the University, some of the module contents will be designed specifically to meet the needs of the Trust.





What previous Students say…


“I feel this route into teaching is an extremely beneficial pathway, providing trainee teachers with a vast amount of in-school experience that I believe is essential for progress and success. I would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to go in to the teaching profession”. 



“After completing a BA in Early Years, I wanted pursue my career in teaching. When I looked up routes into teaching, School Direct was the one that stood out for me the most, as I was looking for something that could give me the hands-on experience of working within a classroom environment.  I  felt very fortunate when I got accepted on the course. It was followed by an intense year that allowed me to learn from very experienced and supportive teachers. Soon, I found myself teaching groups then classes of 30, it was great to have feedback straight after delivering my lessons, I knew straight away what my strengths were and also what needed improving. That way, I could set myself personalised and focused targets that allowed me to become better and get my dream job at the end of it”