About Us

Merseyside, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium (MC & GM TT Consortium) is a registered educational charity covering the North West of England. It is an accredited provider and recommending body for Initial Teacher Training. As such, the Consortium is able to deliver – in partnership with schools – School Direct Employed Routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

On 2nd April 2013 MC & GM TT Consortium obtained Charity status within the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) framework; Registered Charity Number 1151468.

The object of the CIO is, for the benefit of the public, the advancement of further and higher education, including in particular but without limitation the training of persons as teachers and associated developmental activities.

The CIO will operate in particular but not exclusively within North West England.

The full Constitution for MC & GM TT Consortium can be found here.


Formerly known as The Merseyside and Cheshire GTP Consortium, the organisation has been in existence since 2002.

The Merseyside & Cheshire GTP Consortium was born from a meeting of interested parties on 9th April, 2002, led by Liverpool Hope and Liverpool John Moores Universities. An agreement was made to submit a proposal to the Teacher Training Agency (TTA) to form a partnership to deliver the Graduate Teacher Programme. Approval for Designated Recommending Body status was received in June, 2002, and it was agreed to defer the first cohort start date until January 2003 whilst processes were developed.

Between June and December, 2002, Liverpool City of Learning agreed to act as the umbrella organization for the formation of the partnership, a draft constitution was formed and agreed and processes and documentation were developed. During this period 316 application forms were issued, with 95 being returned, 56 candidates being interviewed with 31 trainees being awarded a place on the programme. 1 trainee was accepted for Quality Assurance only as the partner school had received independent funding. 4 trainees withdrew during the year for personal reasons; 5 trainees completed within 2 terms; leaving 20 to complete by Christmas with 1 trainee deferring completion due to illness and 2 trainees still requiring completing of the Skills Tests. All trainees gained employment at the end of the programme.

The Constitution of the Merseyside & Cheshire GTP Consortium was approved by the Interim Management Group on 6 September, 2002. The membership consisted of an Executive Board of Liverpool Hope University; Liverpool John Moores University; a Local Authority Representative, a School Representative and Liverpool City of Learning; together with a Management Group consisting of the Executive Board, plus a representative from each of 6 LEAs, 3 Secondary School Representatives, 3 Primary School Representatives and 1 Special School Representative.

In January, 2003, the Constitution was amended to include 2 further Local Authority partners, and was subject to a further review in July, 2004.

In July, 2004 Liverpool City of Learning decided that the Consortium was sufficiently established to provide their own management and financial control. The Executive appointed Halsnead Community Primary School as the Lead Financial Partner to manage the Bank Account. In 2005, the Executive also appointed AGP Chartered Accountants as the Consortium’s auditors.

In 2004/2005 the Consortium underwent its first Ofsted inspection and was approved as one of the top 13 GTP providers in the country. As a result, the Consortium was invited to apply for Accredited status, and this was successfully awarded in January 2006, with effect from 1 August 2006.

Following the Government announcement that the Graduate Teacher Programme was to close in 2013, the Consortium held talks with the Teaching Agency as to our future. It was agreed that we need to establish ourselves under a more formal legal structure, and we successfully gained Charitable Status from 2 April, 2013.

To recognise our expanding partnerships in Manchester, the Consortium became the Merseyside, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium.

During our development, working in partnership has been a key part of our operation. We have worked directly with over 300 schools as Lead Schools to provide training, and have worked in association with a further 300 schools in other aspects of the programme.

During the operation of the Graduate Teacher Programme and Overseas Trained Teacher Programme the Consortium trained 601 teachers. The Consortium boasts very high retention rates due to the robustness of our recruitment process and, as a result, has a very high employment rate of trainees moving into their first post following training. Teachers trained by the Consortium hold a very high reputation as being capable and innovative teachers.

The Future
Following the pandemic, schools will find that there will be ever-changing need for managing available funds in the most effective way. At present, the Consortium is not able to offer any School Direct Teacher Training programmes. In addition, applications for the Assessment Only Route to QTS,  received after 30th April 2021, will not be accepted.