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Teacher Training

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led route into initial teacher training. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.

Training as a PGCE School Direct student with the West Park Partnership ensures that you will be in your host school from your first day on the course and will have the opportunity to spend the year being part of an accomplished and experienced school staff team working within the wider curriculum. You will complete an additional placement in the spring term in one of our contrasting partner schools.

You will study at the University of Sunderland for around fifteen days during your full training year. The University will provide support with your education assignments and practice based research led by a Primary programme leader who has a clear understanding of the importance of school led training and how best to guide you through your learning journey.

West Park Partnership

In this case West Park Academy (W) is the lead school for the partnership and as a Lead School we help to advertise School Direct vacancies for our host schools. The Darlington primary schools in the partnership are: 

West Park Primary School (W),

Red Hall Primary (R) Reid Street Primary (S),

Skerne Park Primary (K) and George Dent Nursery School (G).

In Sunderland we have St Mary’s RC Primary (M).

Primary Routes

The West Park Partnership works in close partnership with the University of Sunderland and offers a PGCE Schools Direct Tuition Fee courses