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Research and Development

Research and development



Cockermouth School is a strategic Partner (Lead school for ITT) in our Teaching School Alliance and has recently gained Associate Research School status. Cockermouth School’s partner in the Associate Research School is another school that works closely with WCTSA: West Lakes Academy, Egremont. The named contact at Cockermouth School is Dr Rachel Atherton who works closely with Tina Beddoe and Shaun Monaghan on ITT training and NQT Induction.

Cockermouth School 

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a direct route into teaching, where successful applicants can follow a PGCE (with QTS) course. The main difference to the traditional PGCE course is that you will do a significant amount of your training within a school.

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There are many success stories from the West Cumbria Teaching School Alliance. Here are just a few of them.

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What is a Teaching School?

Teaching Schools have been established in order that schools and groups of schools take increasing responsibility for managing the school system…

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