St John Bosco School Direct Programme

Why train with us?

The schools within our Alliance are fantastic places to work and learn. Our programme provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.

This is an inspirational partnership of secondary and primary schools, Liverpool Hope University, School Improvement Liverpool and the Archdiocese of Liverpool. All of our schools are at the cutting edge of teaching and learning. The vision is straightforward but powerful - all students to succeed through the highest standards of education and care. We prepare our young people to be global citizens, ready to take on the world, secure of their place in society.

We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.

Our partnership of schools is led by St John Bosco Teaching School and comprises a mixture of faith, specialisms, primary and secondary schools. All of our schools are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences, including a SEN enrichment opportunity.

Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their national peers and make significantly more progress.

Our region has a number of major employers with which the partnership works to provide genuine employment links and experiences for students and staff.

Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. All are excellent practitioners. They are eager to share their subject knowledge and pedagogy, recent curriculum developments, assessment methods to promote student attainment, along with ways to create an effective climate for learning. The goal in all of this is to ensure high quality teaching and learning experiences as well as many other skills with the next generation of teachers.

In addition you could also apply for a student loan to support your payments through student finance.


About this training programme

We partner with Liverpool Hope University to deliver this training programme leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and masters credits. Trainees will undertake a minimum number of days in school as teaching placements. These are underpinned by University subject and masters training days and School Wide Development sessions led by current practitioners from within our Alliance.

Trainees are allocated a Home School and Away Placement for the duration of their teacher training, which enables them to become a part of the school's staff team from the beginning. All Home and Away Schools are committed to developing outstanding trainees with Secondary settings across socially and economically challenged communities.

You will have full access to Liverpool Hope University, a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. Prior to your teaching placements, you will have an intensive induction programme at the University and at school.

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Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider strong applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate an aptitude for teaching.  You should have a degree in which at least 50% of the content is the subject you want to teach.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit and develop trainees who will become outstanding teachers and are able to raise the expectations of children and their families within these communities, thereby improving lifelong opportunities for them.

As a National Teaching School, we are committed to spotting talent for future leadership roles and we promote succession planning to ensure progression opportunities. This starts during the recruitment process, continues throughout our School Direct Training Programme and on into employment.  

How we select

St John Bosco Teaching School is the lead school in the partnership and co-ordinates the recruitment process.

The process is usually conducted at the school and includes:

  • Teaching a 20 minute observed lesson to a group of our students;
  • A short written test for literacy;
  • The opportunity to talk to some staff and students;
  • A 5 minute presentation on “My Inspiration to Teach” and
  • A small panel interview.

You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our University partner, Liverpool Hope University, will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. If your placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available and to further strengthen the teaching profession. We also believe that this is a two-way process, allowing candidates the chance to confirm that teaching is the right career path for them.