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Recruitment for 2022/23 will open in October.

People should email Dave Medley ( for Secondary queries or Jacqui Percival ( for Primary.

Course Dates: September – July, full time, 1 year.

Age phase and route: PGCE General Primary 5-11

Our programme runs in partnership with University of Cumbria and you will receive specialist input from UoC staff to support school led training.

Entry requirements:Normally a degree, or its equivalent. Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2022.

Programme fees: £9,250 based on previous years.

Carlisle School Direct Primary Places

“the perfect opportunity to learn to teach by teaching”

We are a group of leading schools offering an exciting new way to learn to teach. We have a range of school contexts, including a number categorised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, in which you can learn to teach Primary aged children. The programme has been developed in close association with the University of Cumbria and will be delivered by a combination of university lecturers and existing school practitioners. You will benefit from being school based from week one of your course and have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to support you in your future career.

This year’s current cohort have benefited from quality input from leading educational consultants, an opportunity to put theory into practise immediately and support from experienced mentors.

Key Aspects of Our Programme:

  • Pre-programme school experience offered
  • personalised approach to your training
  • high quality training – real teachers and lead consultant input.
  • placement certainty
  • Supportive trained mentors – including those with Qualified Lead Mentor (QLMS) and Qualified Mentor Status (QMS)
  • Placements and training in real school contexts – offering varied and contrasting experiences

For more information on the Carlisle School Direct, go to the Lead School: Stanwix School for Primary:

Carlisle School Direct

For further information and for how to apply:
Or for further Carlisle School Direct  information contact: Jacqui Percival

Please click the links below for information regarding School Direct.

Carlisle Schools Direct Brochure

Mentor Student Booklet 2021-22

We offer a non-salaried route into teaching, for further information about course fees, student loans and available bursaries please see information on:

Primary lead school is Stanwix School 

Learning Teaching Together In our Schools

Learning Teaching Together In our Schools

Learning Teaching Together our Schools

If you are interested in finding out more about our School Direct routes into Primary teaching contact: Jacqui Percival –

If you are interested in finding out more about our Secondary programme contact: Dave Medley

100% Excellent student satisfaction

100% overall good or better outcomes against Teacher Standards for 5 years consecutively

Consistently our trainees secure teaching posts locally.

More Information

For more information on our Primary places please contact:

Jacqui Percival, Programme Lead:

Mobile: 07535413639

The programme specification which covers this PGCE programme is available here: Primary:

However, you should note that this is generic information and shows the UCAS code for the University of Cumbria’s campus based programme. 

General Primary course code: 24×4