Our trainees complete two contrasting placements so that they can develop the skills needed to be an effective teacher in a range of settings.
The Course offers a gradualised teaching timetable, slowly building up your teaching time.
We do not have any blocked weeks away from school at University. You are in schools every week so that you can build a relationship with staff and pupils.
*Sept - December: School Placement A: 16 weeks.
Mondays: At Saint Patrick’s National Teaching School (Salford) or our Sister school, Our Lady and St John (Blackburn), to receive training that will help in your placement schools. You will be in the School Direct hub of your choice closest to you.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: In your placement schools fully immersed in school life and your departments.
Friday: You are at Liverpool Hope. A chance to Network, receive subject specific advice and support and support for your Masters writing.
*January – July: School Placement B.
Monday – Thursday You will be in your schools for the majority of this time. A chance to embed the skills developed in your first school. You will be working in a contrast school so that you can gain new skills, working alongside expert teachers. You still have some training at your School Direct Hub base but you are normally in school.
Friday: You are training at Liverpool Hope.
When deciding placements schools:
*When possible we try to match where you live to Alliance Schools in your area. We have Greater Manchester and Blackburn schools.
*We look at the departments that you will be placed in. Sometimes an extra travel time benefits you as you work in a department that is supportive and welcoming. This reduces your stress and workload during the year.
*We do allow you to make your own placements (it may be you have connections in schools or wish to work in a particular school you are currently working in as a TA or have completed school experience in). If the school matches our ethos and agrees to support you and join our alliance we can accommodate this.