School Direct ITT

Town Lane Infant School in partnership with OLOP Deep Learning TSA, Ignite TSA and Chester University, offers teacher training to graduates holding a 2:1 degree or above who are keen to engage in classroom based training.


About This Training Programme

Our training programme offers you the opportunity to train in an outstanding teaching environment enabling you to develop a deep understanding of excellence in the classroom.

This is a full-time training programme, which leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Primary) from the University of Chester. The programme lasts a year, with a minimum of 120 school based learning days – approximately 90 in your main placement, with a further 30 in an alternative placement. Placements will be in different key stages.

There will be a further training days held at Chester University as well as days held at venues organised by Ignite TSA and Deep Learning TSA. Achievement of a PGCE Primary Award enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is awarded by the General Teaching Council.


Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a degree with a minimum of 2:1 classification, or from students in the final year of their degree anticipating at least a 2.1 classification. However, we will consider applicants with a 2.2 classification on an individual profile basis, provided they can demonstrate excellent potential to become a successful teacher.

A Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) are not acceptable as equivalent to a degree for the purpose of entry to this course.


At the time of application, candidates should also have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science. A range of other GCSE or equivalent qualifications to reflect the breadth of the curriculum is desirable.


It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a Primary School setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.


How to Apply

Please click on the following link to apply for our School Direct Teacher Training Programme Click on the Teacher Training tab and search for: Ignite TSA 22A, Course code 2HB8.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to express a preference for their main placement school if they wish.


For more information about the OLOP Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance and the Initial Teacher Training consortium please visit or contact or 0151 677 6262 (option 1).