Preston’s Cardinal Newman College to take on teacher training

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A pioneering city college is set to become an official teacher training centre.

Preston’s Cardinal Newman College will lead a cluster of high schools in a School Direct Teaching Alliance.

The “on the job” training scheme replaces the traditional, largely university-based Post Graduate Certificate of Education course, and will see would-be teachers placed in local schools.

The scheme also breaks with convention by offering training across the 11-18 age range.

The college will be working alongside Edge Hill University, which is one of the country’s leading teacher training institutions, and is hoping to recruit initially among local scholars.

Principal Nick Burnham said the benefits to the college of being involved in School Direct were enormous.

He added: “The college and its partners are able to select and recruit our own trainees unlike on a conventional PGCE course when the university place the students in the school and college.

“Therefore we are looking to attract applicants with the academic rigour, drive and personality to be the next generation of outstanding teachers.

“For Newman and its partners we will be playing a part in not only training the next generation of outstanding teachers but also employing them, which should help safeguard the quality of teaching at the college and in its partner schools for years to come.”

Schools involved include Preston’s Archbishop Temple CE and Christ The King Catholic high schools, Penwortham Priory Academy and Holy Cross Catholic High in Chorley, as well as Lytham St Bede’s

John Pugh, director of the alliance added: “The benefits our trainees will receive from working with the staff from these schools alongside the expertise that Edge Hill and Newman will bring really should ensure the quality of training provided is second to none.’

An information evening will be held at the college at 6.30pm on Wednesday November 26. Anybody wanting to attend or find out more a should email the college on