Woodlands has formal and informal school to school support links with a number of agencies and groups.  The key links are:

- North West Special Schools Consortium of Head teachers

- FCAT (Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance)

- Initial Teacher Training

                - Associate Member of Blackpool MAT - Teach Direct programme

                - Cumbria University - a long standing success rate in supporting students as part of the 4 year BA / ITT / SEND course

- Woodlands outreach / inreach support offer (Links with our virtual Children's Centre- Together Centre)


As from September 2018, Woodlands will be part of the GM school to school support programme, SL17.  The GM school to school support process is a key element in:

  • Externally validating self-evaluation
  • Supporting school improvement
  • Developing CPD opportunities for Senior / Middle Leaders


North West Special Schools Consortium

This is a group of schools that facilitate school improvement links and projects.  Our work has included moderation of pupil progress, curriculum and assessment development, staff development and leadership development.


Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance

Woodlands School is an associate member of the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance (a cross phase gorup of schools inlcuding links with an Initial Teacher Training University). Quote,' Our moral imperative is to ensure the learning opportunities for all students on the Fylde Coast, in order to enhance life chances.'  

Cumbria University and the Blackpool MAT

We are an associate member of the initial teacher training programme providing special school placements for students.  We have also developed a long standing relationship with the highly successful BA /SEND programme at Cumbria University. 


Outreach / Inreach

We are always keen to work with and support other schools. We have areas that we feel are worthy of sharing with others and these include:

  • Outreach support to schools and families across Blackpool through the Together Centre
  • SEND advice to mainstream schools
  • Manual handling training and risk assessment (licenced by EDGE services). 
  • School links
  • Behaviour support planning

Please use this form to request School to School Support

S2S Support Request


Schools Direct

From September 2016 the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust will be part of a growing number of schools leading the way for more school-led teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop them into teachers. Being able to choose who we train as teachers helps us in delivering the best outcomes for children in Blackpool schools. 

We have vacancies now to start training from September 2016 and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher, or know someone who is. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. 

Full details of our course can be found on the UCAS website. (see How to Find Us on UCAS) However , if you would like to discuss any aspect of the course, or would like support and guidance on your application form please don’t hesitate to contact Gill Hughes(01253 764130)  or Andrew Hurley (01253 855215) for further information

For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can also visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching

We look forward to hearing from you.

We are now recruiting for students to join our programmes in September 2016.

Our schools are outstanding places in which to learn and work. Our teams are committed to exciting and innovative practice which results in superb outcomes for our pupils. We provide our student with a rich programme of bespoke CPD as well as on the job mentoring and training from our talented teachers. If you are great at working with children and have a passion for supporting them to develop themselves as resilient 21st Century learners then we want to hear from you.