About us

Blackpool Teaching School Alliance was founded by a group of schools in Blackpool to support each other to be the best that we can be. We strongly believe that sharing best practice and empowering each other through high quality training and development is the key to unlocking the full potential of pupils.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching and want to become a primary school teacher, who have a minimum 2.2 degree but preferably a 2.1 or higher. Successful candidates will also need a grade C in GCSE English, maths and science. In regards to experience, you will ideally have some experience of working with children or young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

Getting with the programme.

The Blackpool Teaching School Alliance offers 2 School Direct courses both leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS: Primary and Primary with SEND.

Our School Direct programmes are so successful because they immerse you into life in a primary or special school. You will become part of the staff team, observing, supporting and team teaching alongside highly skilled practitioners. You experience first-hand the wider professional responsibilities of a teacher as you become involved in after school clubs, CPD events and a range of whole school events.

Alongside this you will receive one day per week of high quality training around pedagogy and practice delivered by practicing teachers. A further one day per week will be spent studying the PGCE module element of the programme at level 7 , which is delivered by the University of Cumbria within an alliance school based in Blackpool.

Opportunities for trainees to work or study collaboratively will be a focus of our training programme. Trainees who accept an offer to undertake their training with BTSA will be given the opportunity to spend time in school before the programme starts in September 2018.


There are 3 formal assessed placements as part of the programme. A four weeks assessed placement in November/December, a 5 week placement in the spring term and a 10 week placement in the summer term. You will be required to teach in 2 different age phases and in a minimum of 2 different school settings.

Students undertaking the Primary with SEND programme will be hosted in an SEND setting and can undertake up to 2 assessed placements in a Special School with the additional placement in a mainstream setting.

Students undertaking our Primary Programme will be hosted in a mainstream school and undertake a minimum of 2 placements within mainstream schools. However a unique feature of our Primary programme is the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement and/or an experiential placement in a special school setting whilst being hosted in a mainstream setting.

Our trainees have full access to additional student facilities through such as library access, student support services and reflective study facilities through the University of Cumbria.

Enjoy Blackpool

A popular resort since the 1800s, Blackpool is often associated with culture, entertainment and of course, the seaside! If you are keen to enjoy a great work-life balance and teach in a location with a fun, vibrant atmosphere then read on.

Creativity at its peak.

Culture and creativity is so important to this town that they have a project dedicated to it. Leftcoast is one of the the Art Council’s Creative People and Places projects and they have been making art happen in the area since 2014. If entertainment is what you are after, then Blackpool won’t disappoint with its colourful festivals and star-studded theatre performances.

One, two, three piers.

With not only one but three piers, Blackpool’s piers includes North Pier which is a Grade II listed building by English Heritage. As well as playing a key part in the area’s heritage, North Pier houses a Victorian tea room, a tempting ice cream parlour and a busy arcade. Are you ready to go back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures at this beach?

Life is a roller coaster here.

The Blackpool pleasure beach is a well-loved theme park within the UK and if you like living life in the fast lane, maybe you ought to try the roller coasters in Blackpool.


Nature at its best.

Stanley Park has 390 acres of beautiful architecture, floral displays and ornamental...ornaments. If you need to unwind after a particularly busy day of teaching, these Italian gardens are sure to help.


That’s not all.

With the historic engineering wonder that is the tramway, the light show that has enough illuminations to light up the town and the Blackpool Tower inspired by the world famous landmark of the Eiffel Tower, we are confident that the lifestyle here can give any major town or city a run for its money and help enhance your time outside of the busy teaching life.


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