Study for a Secondary PGCE (11-16) with QTS in English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Religious Education or Physical Education.

The schools that could be involved in delivering the training include:

Birkdale High School for Boys (11-16)

Greenbank High School for Girls (11-16)

Maghull High School (11-18)

Meols Cop High School – Research School (11-16)

Stanley High School (11-16)

Training with Southport Learning Trust

We run a challenging but rewarding School Direct PGCE programme which will help you to secure deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of teaching within secondary education. The Trust is a dynamic group of schools offering a diverse range of contexts and training enhancements. All schools are well respected in the community for academic and personal development of students through the wider opportunities they provide. The experienced and innovative Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) departments have a real passion for inclusion.

We have a successful history of working closely in partnership with Edge Hill University. Edge Hill provides trainees with the academic bedrock of effective teaching and learning. At Edge Hill, your knowledge and understanding of research, both as a consumer and a leader, will be deepened. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation for, and reflection of, your professional practices and plan next steps.

The cohort is big enough to share ideas and experiences as a learning community, but small enough to offer opportunities for truly tailored provision and personal support. In school, we will guide and coach you in putting theory into practice and develop your pedagogy and craft as a teacher. You will work alongside and be trained by highly skilled, experienced subject specialists who will guide, support and challenge you on your journey to becoming an exceptional practitioner. At Southport Learning Trust you will learn ‘on the job’ and we will ensure that you gain a richly diverse set of experiences in school which will prepare you for a successful career in teaching. You will complete placements in at least two of our schools and visit the other schools for enhancement days such as our Trust primary schools Kew Woods and Bedford Primary. Throughout the year you will be supported by outstanding mentors in our schools as well as a visiting tutor from Edge Hill University who is also your Personal Tutor.

If you have any queries, please contact Siobhan Whittaker, Trust Director of Teaching and Learning at


Entry Requirements and Selection Process

Entry Requirements


You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider strong applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate an aptitude for teaching. You must have a degree in which at least 50% of the content is the subject you want to teach. You must also have GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 (or equivalent) or above.

What are we looking for?


We are looking to recruit and develop trainees who will become outstanding teachers and are able to raise the expectations of all children and their families within these communities, thereby improving lifelong opportunities for them.

We are committed to spotting talent for future leadership roles and we promote succession planning to ensure progression opportunities. This starts during the recruitment process, continues throughout our School Direct Training Programme and on into employment.

How we select

Candidates will be invited to an interview day at one of our partner schools. The day is designed to bring the best out of you and find out about your skills and knowledge which will enable you to become an inspiring teacher.

The process includes:

· Teaching or discussing the plan of a 20 minute lesson on a topic related to your subject;

· A 5 minute presentation on “My Inspiration to Teach” and

· An informal interview.

All required certificates and qualifications will need to be submitted ahead of the date of interview via email.

You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our University partner, Edge Hill University, will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available and to further strengthen the teaching profession. We also believe that this is a two-way process, allowing candidates the chance to confirm that teaching is the right career path for them.