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A group of Preston schools have joined forces to train the next generation of teachers.

Working with the Lancaster-based University of Cumbria, the Preston Alliance School Direct programme will put it’s first trainees into the classrooms in September.

Besides the university, the alliance involves nine primary schools, five secondaries and two special schools across the city.

The programme will provide graduates with a direct route into teaching.

Instead of spending a year on a traditional Post Graduate Certificate of Education course, the trainees will spend most of their time learning on the job, in school.

The programme is being led by Jackie Williams at Broughton Business and Enterprise College.

She said: “ The heads have been working together on this for about a year and have just started recruiting.

The response has been really good.

“We are working with the University of Cumbria and looking at the trainees being in school Monday to Thursday and then having conference days on Friday- where they will concentrate on the pedagogy of teacher training. They will also have days at the university as well.

“All the schools involved have good or outstanding reputations and have a proven track record in delivering outstanding teacher training.

“School Direct is an alternative to the traditional route into teacher training and at the end of it students will have a PGCS with Qualified Teacher status.”

The subjects on offer rang form early years and primary teaching to a host of specialist topics from art and design to modern languages and PE.”

Sandra Duggan School Direct administrator said: “There has been a lot of enthusiasm and we have already interviewed quite a number of students.

Anyone interested can contact her at BBEC.