Learners First Schools Partnership
c/o Wickersley School & Sports College
Bawtry Road, Wickersley,
Rotherham, S66 1JL

Telephone: 01709 731272


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Primary – QTS ONLY
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Learners First is an inclusive teaching school partnership of over 200 schools from all phases. Established in August 2012 Learners First is a not-for profit company whose main focus is to build excellence and address underperformance in equal measure through system-led school improvement and leadership development. The principle objective is to better deliver the mission in a greater number of schools and settings.

The School Direct programme is now recruiting trainees for its fifth year. During these years we have constantly developed the School Direct Programme to become:

•A school based approach which allows you to be immersed in the programme from the start, fully preparing you for life as a full-time teacher.
•Led and delivered by experienced practicing professionals who work in high-performing schools.
•Mentoring and support from outstanding teachers, who focus on ensuring that you develop your knowledge, skills and professional attributes.
•In partnership with our partner HEIs we provide a powerful, bespoke experience to launch your teaching career. We work to ensure that all our trainees have the potential to be outstanding at the end of the programme
•A programme of academic learning and training. You will cover all aspects of education and pedagogy in your training.
•A key part of our programme is helping you to understand how you can achieve a work-life balance, setting you up to be a successful – and healthy – member of a school team.

Training Team

I have worked closely with Learners First for 4 years and I am a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for Initial Teacher Training. Alongside my commitment to the school direct programme I am Head of School at Kilnhurst St Thomas CE Primary, having previously been Head of School at Fullerton CE Primary Academy – which is a lead school in the teaching school partnership. I have 7 years experience of being a Head of School and have been in education for 14 years.

I wholeheartedly believe that the School Direct programme is a fantastic route into teaching. Not only giving you the theory of practice, but also lots of practical, in-class experience which helps to build up your teaching strategies and knowledge.

With Learners First you are supported throughout the programme. We offer pre-course information days, additional pre-course school experience if needed, a thorough training course for the mentors who will be supporting you in school, as well as a detailed taught curriculum programme delivered by SLE practitioners who are currently teaching and leading in partnership schools.

Throughout the course you will have access to a bespoke training programme and support where needed. Learners First will visit you in school to ensure that you are receiving the high quality training we expect and that you are developing as a professional practitioner in all areas of the teacher standards.

I graduated from Sheffield University with an honours degree in Geography in 1989, having studied Psychology and Economics as subsidiary subjects. On completion of my PGCE I worked in a special school in Newbury before taking a Gap year travelling around the world. On return to the UK a year later I started work as a main scale Geography teacher in Rotherham, rapidly being promoted to a management role during my NQT year. I secured the position of Key Stage 3 Strategy Manager in charge of cross curricular literacy and numeracy, which meant I spent a significant amount of time liaising with primary colleagues. In 2003 I was promoted to Head of the Humanities Faculty in charge of Classics, Geography, History and RE and then soon after I was asked to set up and lead a Psychology department as well as a Peer Coaching Programme. 2007 saw me taking on the role of ITT co-ordinator and in 2013 I became a Specialist Leader of Education for ITT. Since 2012 I have worked with Learners First Schools Partnership (LFSP) on the ITT programme and in 2014 I became brokered as Secondary Lead Practitioner for ITT with them, leading on quality of provision and CPD for trainees and mentors. I was appointed to a new role in school in 2015, Consultant and Secondary Lead Practitioner for ITT, NQT and New Staff Induction. More recently I have also co-designed and delivered a programme for Support Staff who want to embark on an ITT programme and am also part of the team that design and deliver NQT CPD for LFSP.

Partner Schools

Wickersley School & Sports College

Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 1JL


Dinnington High School

Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2NZ


Rawmarsh Community School

Monkwood Road, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 7GA


Clifton Community School

Middle Lane, Rotherham, S25 2SN


Winterhill School

High Street, Kimberworth, Rotherham, S61 2BD


Wingfield Academy

Wingfield Road, Rotherham, S61 4AU


Maltby Academy

Braithwell Road, Maltby Rotherham, S66 8AB


Thrybergh Academy & Foljambe Campus

Arran Hill, Thrybergh, Rotherham, S65 4BJ


Brinsworth Academy

Brinsworth Road, Brinsworth, Rotherham, S60 4EJ


Swinton Community School

East Avenue, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8JW


Oakwood High School

Moorgate Road, Rotherham, S60 2UH


Aston Hall Junior & Infants School

Church Lane, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2AX


Brampton ‘The Ellis’ C of E Aided Primary School

Brampton Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, S63 6BB


Coleridge Primary School

Coleridge Road, Rotherham, S65 1LW


Dinnington Primary School

School Street, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2RE


Eastwood Village Primary School

Eldon Road, Rotherham, S65 1RD


Greasbrough Primary School

Munsbrough Rise, Greasbrough, Rotherham, S61 4RB


Maltby Redwood Academy

Redwood Drive, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8DL


Ravenfield Primary School

Moor Lane North, Ravenfield, Rotherham S65 4LZ

St Thomas C of E Primary School Kilnhurst

Meadowview Road, Kilnhurst, Mexborough, S64 5UA


Swinton Fitzwilliam

Broadway, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8HF


Thorpe Hesley Primary School

Upper Wortley Road, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, S61 2PL


Thrybergh Fullerton Church of England Primary School

Church View, Thrybergh, Rotherham, S65 4BL


Wentworth CofE (Controlled) Junior & Infants School

Churchfield Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TX


Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infants School

Hall Close Avenue, Whiston, Rotherham, S60 4AG


Kiveton Park Infant School

Station Road, Kiveton Park, Sheffield, S26 6QP


Herringthorpe Junior School

Chatterton Drive, Rotherham, S65 2JW


Trinity Croft CofE Primary Academy

Dalton Lane, Dalton Parva, Rotherham, S65 3QJ


Listerdale Primary School

Beach Avenue, Brecks, Rotherham, S65 3HN



Rosehill Junior School

Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 5QH


Monteney Primary School

Monteney Crescent, Parsons Cross, Sheffield, S5 9DN