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School Direct programme through Liverpool College

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.

Our trainees will have two placement schools – a ‘home’ school and an ‘away’ school. You will spend the majority of the year working in your ‘home’ school and then approximately six weeks in your ‘away’ school. This gives you the chance to form strong links with both staff and pupils in your ‘home’ placement, so that you are genuinely part of the school community. The ‘away’ school forms a contrast, giving you wider experience.

If you are a primary trainee then you will work in a different key stage in your ‘away’ school from that in which you have been placed in your ‘home’ school, thus ensuring that you experience both KS1 and KS2. On return to your ‘home’ school there is some flexibility in key stage and some trainees even use this final placement to work in EYFS.

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Why train with us?

We believe passionately in developing both the intellect and the character of all who work with us – whether they be pupils, staff or trainees. If you choose to train with Liverpool College School Direct Alliance we will ensure that you experience all aspects of teaching, including opportunities for a wide range of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

The schools in our alliance work collaboratively to share expertise and innovative practice so that trainees benefit from the varied experience of our staff. On placement you will be able to observe and learn from outstanding practitioners, with the support of committed and experienced mentors.

In 2014 I started my school direct programme through Liverpool College and Hope University. With the warm kindness and encouragement from all of the Prep School staff I was made to feel welcome from day one. My mentor was Miss Robinson and I also worked closely alongside Miss Hirst teaching Year 5. I couldn't have asked for better teachers to support and guide me throughout the year.     After an enjoyable yet challenging year it came to the gruelling time of job applications and interviews. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to interview at Liverpool College and was offered a job to teach Year Three the following September.   

 My experience at Liverpool College couldn't have been better; Liverpool College has continued to teach me many things both inside and outside of the classroom. Mrs Nelson has ensured a supportive network allowed my teaching to progress immensely. Most notably, through my NQT mentor Mrs Edwards, who has helped to guide and support me during my first year teaching at the school. The help and support is always there and I am very grateful for everything they have done throughout my continuing professional development.

Aoife Montague

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Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate with a 1st or 2:1 degree. For secondary teaching you must have a degree relevant to the subject you wish to specialise in. We will consider a graduate with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a passion and aptitude for teaching.

In Secondary, you must have a grade C or above in English and Mathematics.

In Primary, you must have a grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Places available for September 2018

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Selection process

Liverpool College is the lead school in the alliance and will take the lead on the recruitment process. Trainees will be invited to interview at Liverpool College where you will undertake a 20 minute observation, an interview with subject specialists, a tour of the school and an opportunity to speak to current trainees and mentors and finally a numeracy and literacy assessment. If the placement will be mainly in another of the partnership schools they will take the lead on the interview process.

Apply through www.UCAS.com

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Places available for September 2019

We have Secondary training opportunities in 10 different subjects and 10 places available at Primary level.

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