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Train to teach at Belvedere!


The School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme is a route into teaching which allows degree holders to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), by undertaking the majority of their training in school, under the support of qualified staff members and Liverpool John Moores University. At the end of the one year training course the trainees will have achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our partnership between Archbishop Blanch C of E High School, St Hilda's CE High School, St Margaret’s Academy and King David provides an outstanding teacher training experience under the supervision of experienced staff, who can collaborate across the partnership in order to produce outstanding teachers of the future.


The School Direct route differs from the traditional university PGCE because the trainees spend the majority of their time, right from the start of the academic year in school and are able to establish themselves very quickly with both staff and students.  Trainees will receive a wealth of training from us with weekly sessions but also with our partner school Archbishop Blanch.


Places on the School Direct course are extremely competitive. Successful applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve a good degree before the course begins, Maths and English GCSEs grades C/4 (or above) and complete an application and assessment day before being accepted onto the course. Applications are made through UCAS, using course code 2KA and we welcome these from any of our school communities who are considering a career in teaching.


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