We are currently accepting applications onto our 2021/2022 School Direct Programme.

To apply for School Direct you will need to complete an online application through the UCAS Website at To be considered for our School Direct Programme please select St John Bosco School as your lead school when applying (Provider Code 1FU). . We will be holding a number of interview dates across the course of the academic year. For further information please contact :

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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:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Resilience 
  • A passion for your subject
  • A positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities


  • A degree classification of 2:1 or above in all subject areas, apart from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, MFL and Geography which we would accept a 2:2 or above. 
  • The degree must be in a related academic subject area.
  • GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 or above.


Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) 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 SKE before you begin training. If successful at interview, this would be made a condition of any offer made to you.

An early application will ensure that you have time to complete a SKE course prior to the start of the programme as the courses can differ in lengths from 8 weeks to 26 weeks.

How can I gain School Experience?

Sometimes it can be difficult to gain school experience. With that in mind, you can gain School Experience with our Alliance prior to your Initial Teaching Training (ITT) year. Enquiries should be made to as such days are organised upon request.


Why choose School Direct as a way to train?

  • You will spend more time in school than trainees on a ‘traditional’ PGCE route.
  • You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals.
  • You will receive excellent professional development within our partnership schools and with our University Partner.
  • You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools with different specialisms within our Alliance.
  • You will still have access to University facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc.
  • You will gain the academic award of PGCE through Liverpool Hope University. Masters Accreditation can be awarded on successful completion of assignments across the year. Successful completion of placements will contribute towards the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The timescale for this is under review by the Department for Education as part of their Early Career Framework
  • You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training.

Will I have a job at the end of all this?

Whilst there can be no guarantee of employment, our track record is outstanding. The majority of our cohort secure employment within Liverpool schools. St John Bosco Teaching School 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.

Teaching School Contact Info

Mrs Jane Kennedy
Position : Teaching School Director
Phone : 0151 330 5142

Email :

Teaching School Contact Info

Miss Natasha Waters
Position :Teaching School Administrator
Phone : 0151 330 5142

Email :

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