School Direct is an innovative route through which participants can train to teach. It allows participants the opportunity to work closely with schools to gain the qualifications needed to join the profession. Schools or groups of schools work in partnership, in many cases with local HEI providers, to develop a training programme which suits the needs of their trainees and the local education context.

What does our programme look like?

Our School Direct Programme is delivered in partnership with Liverpool Hope University and the training lasts for one academic year (September-July).

On successful completion of your training year you will be awarded a PGCE and masters credits. The DfE are currently reviewing support for Early Career Teachers and ITT providers are currently unsure when “Qualified Teacher Status” will be awarded. It is likely to be at the end of the Induction period which follows graduation.

Your School Direct Programme will consist of:

  • A combination of classroom practice and relevant training
  • Time ‘practicing your craft’ through high quality school placements
  • A programme of training developed and delivered by St John Bosco Arts College, Partner Schools and Liverpool Hope University;
  • Support along the way from a number of different colleagues, an assigned school based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University Based Tutor.
  • Access to an in-house training programme.

If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees are paid to Liverpool Hope University in a series of instalments across the academic year. Please be aware when applying that all subject bursaries are currently under review by the DfE and there is no guarantee these will remain in place for the next academic year. Bursaries are reviewed annually by the DFE and change from year to year in light of Teacher Workforce needs. Further information regarding bursaries can be found on the 'Get Into Teaching' Website.

Secondary Placements:

For our School Direct trainee teachers, the initial teacher training year will only be the first step on a path to rapid career progression. 

As well as our internal Initial Professional Development sessions, we want you to leave us secure in your teaching skills and ready for a highly successful future in education.

We provide you with a subject mentor who will observe you regularly, provide you with formative feedback and give you individualised training and support. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.

We have ambitious plans for our School Direct trainees and know that all trainees will leave us with the potential to become outstanding teachers, ready to continue with their careers in the rewarding world of teaching.

School Direct Contact Info

Mrs Jane Kennedy
Position : Partnership Director
Phone : 0151 330 5142 / 07918 726 594
Email : jane.kennedy@stjohnbosco.org.uk

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