Earlier this month the Preston Teaching School Alliance School Direct team held an Orientation Day for the 2017-18 cohort. The aim of the day was to welcome trainees to the Alliance and provide lots of essential information prior to the start of the course. The day included;

    Details on the School Direct training route.
    An introduction to key contacts within the Alliance.
    A trainee’s journey to qualifying as a teacher.
    Getting ready for September – a talk by tutors from the University of Cumbria
    The role of the mentor.
    Introductions to professional mentors and mentors.

The informal, informative sessions were organised to allay any fears the new trainees had and answer any questions. They covered the structure of the week whilst training, who to talk to in school, the University modules covered, assignment dates and expectations.

Fiona Blake has been a teaching assistant in a local primary school for two and a half years. She decided to train to become a teacher with the School Direct graduate teaching programme as two teachers recently appointed at school had trained via the programme.

“There has been a really nice atmosphere here today,” she said. “It has been interesting to hear past students’ experiences and also reassuring to hear people have got jobs after studying on the course. The day has been really informative and to have the set structure of when you’ll be in school and when you’ll be in University. I am looking forward to starting.”

Dan Evans graduated from UCLAN with a Geography this year. He initially considered University-led training to become a teacher. When he was completing a period of work experience at a high school in Preston he heard about Preston Teaching School Alliance School Direct graduate teaching programme.

“I didn’t know very much about the programme until I came here today,” he said. “I have now got lots of information and know what to expect. I can’t wait to get into the classroom.”

Hannah Doyle is also a recent graduate. She always wanted to become a teacher, so her University tutor suggested she try one of the alliances.

“The application process was easy and straightforward,” she said. “I enjoyed coming in and teaching a lesson. Today has been very informative, I have found out which school I will start in in September and who to contact. It takes away the stress when you know what to expect and you can plan your next academic year in advance before you start.”

If you are interested in training to become a teacher with Preston Teaching School Alliance please contact telephone Sandra Duggan, on 01772 867210 or email at duggans@broughtonhigh.co.uk

Find out more about our teacher training programme here.

Find our more about School Direct courses at the University of Cumbria.