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St James' Catholic Primary School"We belong to the loving family of St James”

Teacher Training and vacancies

At St James' Primary School, we are proud to be leading Initial Teacher Education as a part of Forward First School Direct.


Forward First is a forward-thinking network of Lancashire primary schools committed to developing, equipping and sustaining the next generation of inspirational teachers. We provide an innovative Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE with QTS), in partnership with the award winning Edge Hill University. Our vision is to provide all children with the very best educational foundation for a happy, fruitful and successful life.  At Forward First, we aim to create rich and diverse ‘experiences’ for our trainees so that you can learn, use, refine and consolidate your pedagogic approach in highly supportive, highly effective settings. Training to teach in this small and supportive network of likeminded schools will mean you become part of a very special school family, the Forward First family, where trust and enjoyment underpins excellent educational opportunities for our children.


If you have a passion for teaching, are organised and hard-working, please explore our programme further and contact us to find out more about studying with Forward First.


For more information, come to speak to us in school, or take a look at our Forward First Website



If you want to train to teach, Edge Hill University offer a range of degrees which enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in early years, primary or secondary education. Whichever age range or subject specialism you choose, your programme will combine expert tuition with significant time in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.


Please click the link below to apply or to find out any more information.



West Lancashire College offer part time Teaching Assistant courses.


Please click the link below to find out more information