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.
What are we looking for in a candidate?
We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.
The sorts of personal qualities we are looking for are:
• The ability to develop relationships with people.
• Patient, caring, and kind personality.
• Knowledge of learners
• Dedication to teaching.
• Passion for your subject.
• Strong work ethic.
What is the School Direct programme?
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.
Why is the School Direct programme better than the PGCE route?
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.
How do the school placements work?
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 eight 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.
What experience do I need?
None! You need to demonstrate you have the aptitude for teaching. If we offer you a place on our school direct course we can arrange for you to come and do some observations before you start in September.
I would like to apply but it’s years since I was at school and my subject knowledge is a bit rusty.
Don’t panic! Candidates who can demonstrate that they have an aptitude for teaching during their interview, but who don’t quite meet the university’s requirements for subject knowledge may be offered an opportunity to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training.
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Will I have a job at the end of all this?
Whilst there can be no guarantee of employment, our track record is outstanding with 100% in teaching, the majority within Liverpool schools. Liverpool College will support you through the application process to secure your first teaching post. Trainees would be required to go through a full and formal application process for any vacancies.