Our 2018-19 School Direct trainees have completed the first half term of their programme. One of our trainees, Miss Daffern has provided an update on her progress:
I started my School Direct PGCE in September through Hope University in alliance with Liverpool College. I have felt extremely supported through the school and feel the School Direct scheme has been extremely beneficial to me.
The teaching staff have really helped me by providing me with yearly, termly and weekly planning which has allowed me to plan a lot of my work in advance. My weekly meetings have really helped me to focus on where I need to be progressing within my teaching and have allowed me to develop my skills. I really love the balance of school and University compared to that of a normal PGCE as it has allowed me to gain confidence within my teaching sooner. My mentor has been amazing at providing me with all the relevant information that I have needed and allowing me to contact her out of school hours. This has been great when I feel a bit stuck with my planning or need a bit of guidance as I always have her support.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is wishing to go in to teaching as I feel it has allowed me to flourish. I am really enjoying my time on the course and have felt as though my creativity within teaching has progressed.
What is School Direct?
The School Direct teacher training programme allows postgraduate trainees to work closely with a school to gain a teaching qualification, while still having the benefits of university support and study. If you choose to train with Liverpool College School Direct Alliance, you will participate in the PGCE programme offered by Liverpool Hope University, having your subject training delivered by Liverpool Hope tutors, whilst your professional development will be provided in school by experienced teachers from across the alliance. You will also have the opportunity to take part in PGCE conferences and other events organised by Liverpool Hope University. We feel that this mixture gives our trainees the best of both worlds – practical training led by professionals who really know the challenges of school life married with high quality academic input and the opportunity to mix with trainees from across the city region at Liverpool Hope University.
We are holding the first of our Sixth Form Open Events on Wednesday 14th November from 4pm - 6pm.
The evening will start in the Dining Hall from where you will go on a tour of the College and visit the various departments to meet staff and find out more about the subjects on offer. The Head of Sixth Form will give two presentations in Mossley Vale Hall at 4.45pm and 5.30pm and the Principal looks forward to meeting you over tea and coffee in the Dining Hall throughout the evening.