School Direct

Teacher Training Programme

School Direct is an initiative that enables prospective trainees an opportunity to choose the group of schools they would like to be trained in. It also gives them a greater opportunity to develop much closer links with those schools during and after their training. 

Rivington School Direct is a partnership of eleven secondary schools in Bolton and one North West University supported by primary and secondary special schools and the Bolton Pupil Referral Service to deliver Initial Teacher Training.

The subjects we are offering are Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German), History, Geography, Religious Studies, Drama, Computer Science, Art & Design, Business Studies, Design Technology, Physical Education, Social Sciences & Music.

Trainees will have an opportunity to experience a wide variety of alternative school settings, follow a unique Foundation Leadership course and gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through the Manchester Metropolitan University (which has been graded as Outstanding for all areas of Initial Teacher Training).

So if you are interested in this exciting new development in initial teacher training, please contact Nava Velupillai at for more details, click the link here for more information or email for 2020-21 updates or contact The Teaching Agency (TA) at where you will be given details on how to apply.