I came to Liverpool College in 2017 through the Secondary School Direct programme in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University. From the very first day I was welcomed and treated as a fellow professional and a valued member of staff and this made all the difference to me as I entered into what I knew would be a very challenging year of training. My mentor, Mr McAlea, had been my Spanish teacher at school, so I had an extremely high regard for him already as a subject specialist and excellent educator, and as my teaching mentor he was as knowledgeable and dynamic, patiently leading the way but also giving me the freedom to develop my own ideas and methods.
The languages department at the school, the administration team, and the leadership team, were all helpful, supportive, and lovely to work with, so I was very excited to have an opportunity to interview towards the end of my training and thrilled to finally become a permanent member of staff, starting in September 2018. So far my NQT year has been just as positive and interesting and I am continuing to learn from my colleagues and to benefit greatly from opportunities to develop professionally. Most of all this year I am grateful for the help and support provided by my department and my NQT mentor, Mrs Bibby, who also guided me with my fellow trainees through the previous year. I would definitely recommend the school for teacher training.
Ms K Cleary (MFL Trainee)
Choosing to complete a School Direct Pathway at Liverpool College was one of the best decisions I have made. The School Direct course allowed me to develop at a rapid pace as a classroom practitioner in a manner that I do not believe would have been achievable in a standard PGCE course. The support I received from my Mentor, Dr McNamara, has shaped me as a teacher and a person for life, the help of the Classics department helped me mature as a teacher and the whole staff made me feel welcome from the very first day. In addition, you have a backing of your fellow School Direct cohort on a daily basis that will help you thrive in your year of training. I would recommend this course wholeheartedly to anyone: it promoted independence which has since helped in my NQT year as the Subject Leader for Classics. I would not be the teacher I am today without my time at Liverpool College.
Mr J Duncan (Classics Trainee)
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.
Ms A Montague (Primary Trainee)