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ITT and Lead Programme Partner

Applications for Lead Programme Partner for September 2023-2024 are now open


What is a Lead Programme Partner?

Lead Programme Partner is an innovative route into teaching that enables schools to take a leading role in initial teacher training through working in partnership with accredited ITT providers. Loreto Grammar School currently has an alliance of 8 secondary schools and works in partnership with The University of Manchester.

Successful completion at a Lead Programme Partner leads to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Manchester University offers additional M-Level credits which can be used towards a Master’s Degree, should you wish to do additional training at a later date.

Loreto Grammar School offers places in the following subjects at our alliance schools in the Trafford area: Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, MFL (French with Spanish or German), Physics, and Religious Education.

There is a possibility that trainees who successfully complete their training with us as a Lead Programme Provider will then go on to work in one of the schools in which they were trained – although this is not guaranteed. 

Why choose Loreto?
Loreto Grammar School is an over-subscribed, selective girls’ grammar school with academy status. Our students are in the top 50% of the ability range in and beyond Trafford.
We ensure that all of our trainees have a solid foundation upon which to build their teaching career at secondary level. We hope that our friendly and supportive ethos combined with high quality training from our committed and experienced subject mentors will ensure that you become a confident and well-rounded teacher.   
We aim to offer you as wide a teaching experience as possible within your year as a trainee teacher. Our alliance schools have been carefully selected to ensure that they provide you with a broad range of teaching experiences whilst working alongside some truly outstanding teachers.
Lead Programme Partner is supported by a broad programme of professional development seminars, covering a range of whole school issues.
Our training includes:
  • Observation of outstanding lessons
  • Support from outstanding teachers
  • Trained Subject Mentors
  • Quality assurance across the alliance
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities
  • Unique opportunity to visit special schools
  • Our Professional Mentor has many years' experience in running School Direct
Interested in Lead Programme Partner?
If you are interested in the Lead Programme Partner programme for 2023-2024, you should:
  • Check that you meet the university requirements for your chosen HE provider, subject and phase.
  • Visit the websites of our alliance schools for more information.
  • Complete an application form on the UCAS website.
Interviews will take place at the lead school, Loreto Grammar School. If you have any questions regarding our secondary training programmes please feel free to contact our Professional Mentor, Ariadne Baker: abaker@loretogrammar.co.uk.
Successful applicants will begin their training in September 2024 with our excellent induction programme. 
Please note that we are now closed for applications from International fee-paying applicants. International applicants who wish to apply to the University of Manchester Secondary PGCE should do so directly to the core PGCE programme in the relevant subject.
Subjects on offer 
  • Chemistry
  • Business with economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • MFL (French with German or Spanish)
  • Physics

Affiliated Secondary Schools

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For further details including tuition fees and bursaries, visit the Department of Education website:
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