Teach Manchester is offering an excellent range of high quality School Direct places to start September 2019.

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Piper Hill High School is leading a partnership of Manchester special and mainstream primary schools to deliver an innovative and exciting School Direct Primary PGCE with an SEN specialism in 2019-20. Trainees on the course will spend their year based in school, training to teach a primary curriculum to children with additional needs in both mainstream and special schools.


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As a trainee on the course

  • You will work towards a Primary General PCGE from the University of Cumbria.
  • You will work in school with teachers and children from the outset, learning about the challenges and opportunities of being an outstanding teacher
  • You will be mentored by outstanding practitioners who are passionate about inclusive education and the children they teach.
  • You will follow a vibrant school-based professional development programme which will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach Primary children, both with and without special needs.
  • You will also follow the University of Cumbria PGCE programme which will be delivered in partnership schools

Entry requirements:

  • A degree with classification of 2:2 or above
  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at Grade C / 4 or above
  • Energy, enthusiasm and commitment
  • Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and NumeracyProfessional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Satisfactory medical clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service check

Our strongest applicants have done some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher.


This programme is validated by the University of Cumbria.  The full programme specification can be found here.

For more details

Contact: Tracy Gallier – School Based Programme lead t.gallier@piperhill.manchester.sch.uk

Programme Team

Our programme is delivered in partnership between the Teach Manchester Alliance and the University of Cumbria.   The programme team is led by Tracy Gallier who is the Professional Programme Lead and Karen Hogg at Piper Hill High School.  A variety of Specialist Leaders of Education  and expert practitioners also deliver training on this route.

The team is supported by Rachel Eppy and Keira Hibbert.

Karen Hogg (Assistant Professional Programme Lead, Primary with SEND)

Tracy Gallier (Deputy Headteacher, Professional Programme Leader)

Fiona Hagsharfi (Maths Core Group)

Ruth Nutton-Jones (English SLE)

Phil Trohear (Behaviour and Discipline SLE)

Jayne Davies (Maths SLE)

Rachel Eppy (Business Development Manager)

Teach Manchester Placement Schools

Our alliance uses a variety of schools for placements.  On this route, you will be allocated:

  • a ‘beginning school’ where you will start the year, this will be a mainstream school
  • a ‘developing school’ which will be a SEND school or unit
  • an ‘extending school’ which can be either a mainstream or SEND setting.

Some of the potential placements for this route can be seen below.  This is not an exclusive list and not all placements are available every year.

North Ridge High School

Ashbury Meadow Primary School

Bowker Vale Primary School

Ashgate Primary Specialist Support School

St Pauls C.E. Primary School

St Mary’s C.E. Primary School

Crossacres Primary

Acacias Community Primary School

Piper Hill Specialist Support High School

The Birches Specialist Support Primary School

Melland High School

The Willows Primary School