Teacher Training

School Direct programme through Liverpool College

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Assistant Principal: Mrs S Lines
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Apply for School Direct!

Applications for September 2020 are open.
We offer training for Primary and Secondary subjects.

Secondary Subjects Code Places available
Art 2SQH 2
Biology 2SQG 2
Chemistry 27FL 2
Classics 2X92 4
English 26XY 2
Geography 2SQC 2
History 2SQ9 2
Mathematics 27FB 2
Music 2SQ6 2
PE 27FH FULL
Physics 38FT 2
Spanish 2WSL 2
Primary 2SR3 8

Apply through UCAS:
Liverpool College, Liverpool
Training Provider: 1UU
Training Programme Code: From table above

 

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 secondary 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 a term (or a minimum of 8 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, you will start in your away school until February half term, then go to your home school for the rest of the year. 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.

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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.

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.
• Resilience

FAQ

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.
Click here for more information.

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.

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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.

Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE) before you begin training.

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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 a  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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Classics

The Schools Direct training programme in Classics is a unique way to train in this unique subject. In a school-based programme, you gain most experience in the classroom, whether observing or delivering lessons. At Liverpool College, and at our partner schools, there are opportunities to teach Classical Civilisation and Latin at a variety of levels, from Key Stage 3 to GCSE and beyond, and we will support you in enhancing your subject knowledge both before and during the programme. Your subject specialist training will be provided by the consortium’s own team of experienced teachers, and can therefore be tailored to the needs of our trainees. We are proud to be able to offer a Classics teacher training programme in the North of England, and hope that this will build lasting networks of outstanding teachers to promote and preserve this wonderful subject in schools, introducing it to as many young people as possible.

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For more information about Classics in the North West, look at the Liverpool Classics Hub.


 

Testimonials

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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)

 

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