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Become a Teacher - Why Train to Teach in Bury

Train to Teach with Bury Schools Alliance

"BTSA have been fantastic, easy to communicate with, clear and supportive. The training sessions which have been organised have been interesting and informative. From day one it is clear that the team are willing to go above and beyond to ensure that all their student teachers are supported and have a really fulfilling experience."  

2020-2021 School Direct Student

Christ Church Primary School works closely with Elms Bank High School, to deliver exceptional training to our students at Primary, Secondary and Secondary with SEN placements through the School Direct Programme. 


School Direct is an exciting and alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE. Our course leads to both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, awarded by our partner university: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).


If you choose to train with Bury Schools Alliance (BSA) you will be mainly school-based, with course elements being provided by the MMU Faculty of Education and by the BSA. We have created an extensive and supportive training programme, with input from National, Local and Specialist Leaders of Education, to develop the skills that will raise standards in education for the benefit of Bury children and young people. With support from experienced mentors and leaders from BSA, MMU and your placement school, you will be supported to put your new skills into practice to develop your teaching practice.


All teaching placements are within the Borough of Bury. You will be placed in two schools during your course. In Primary your first and third teaching placement will be at the same school. The second placement, will be in a contrasting setting and a different Key Stage. In Secondary you will have two placements set across the school year in contrasting settings.  All of our partner schools all have mentors and leaders with considerable experience of teacher training to support you during your placement. Trainees will work alongside hardworking and ambitious staff with happy and friendly children. From the start you will be made to feel like a valued staff member.


With our extensive links, and the unique nature of BSA, we are able to work collaboratively across the partnership to provide a range of experiences for our trainees. When planning cross phase and enrichment placements we take into account our trainees own ambitions and interests. For example, we arranged an extended Post 16 placement for a student who had an interest in this area. All of our trainees will participate in a special school mini-placement during the year which we can extend for those who have an interest in SEN (both primary and secondary). We are proud, through our alliance, to be able to offer SEN placements in various secondary subjects within Elms Bank, an outstanding specialist school. Broadening your experience during teacher training may benefit you with future career choices. We are confident that all our trainees will benefit from a breadth of experience across various settings throughout their School Direct year which has contributed to our students 100% success rate in securing employment within their chosen settings.


There are structured career pathway opportunities in place with a large number of our Graduate Teachers gaining employment in Bury schools. The intention is that trainees who take part in the School Direct course will be employed by one of the schools within our partnership, and at BSA we aim to meet that expectation, although there is, of course, no guarantee. 


The BSA offer a number of established training programmes to support you in every stage of your teaching career. We are committed to continuing professional development and to growing future leaders. Several of our former students now hold middle and senior leadership roles in local schools, making the difference to local children, as could you!

What Are BSA Looking For?

We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainees who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching to make a real difference to young peoples' lives and futures. If this is you, and you have the following attributes, we want to hear from you!

  • The confidence and ability to engage with children
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • A commitment to working hard
  • An ability to establish good working relationships
  • Commitment to a professional team
  • Flexibility - a crucial characteristic that is vital in this active and constantly changing climate

Why Choose BSA?

  • We offer placements in local Bury schools where you make the difference to local children
  • All of our Bury schools offer experienced mentors who are ready to support you and welcome you as a member of staff from the outset
  • We provide you, in addition to what is offered by MMU, an extensive CPD programme delivered by Local, National and Specialist Leaders of Education
  • Our team are dedicated to providing the best training from the very start of your teaching journey and will support you throughout the programme
  • We support you not to just train, but to enter the teaching profession as an ECT, equipped with the relevant skills to begin your successful teaching career.

How To Apply?

If you have what we are looking for, and we sound like the right people to nurture and release your potential, then we would welcome your application to train to teach with us. Applications to begin training with us in September 2022 can be made on Apply from October 2021. 


If you have any questions please contact Clair Dodd on 0161 723 1078 (option 3) or by email:


Bursaries and Loans:

Details about Bursaries and Loans can be found on the Department for Education's website.