Why Train With Us

Our trainees are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by the time they complete their training with us, and most are employed directly in the partnership. Here are some comments from them about their training experience.

"The Dunraven School Direct Partnership is a wonderful place to work and I couldn't have wished for a more supportive start to my teacher training. All staff and students set high expectations of themselves and each other, and the warmth and positivity of relationships at this school really set it apart. I couldn't recommend training here highly enough."

"My experience on the School Direct programme in the Dunraven partnership has been excellent. From the first day, the school made me feel welcome and treated me as a regular member of staff. Furthermore, the support provided by the department, school mentor and teaching mentor has been set up with the emphasis on creating a structure that allows me to develop my teaching skills."

"The School Direct programme is tailored to the individual by your mentor who is there to challenge and support your progress. As a student I receive regular feedback that I can act on instantly as I am classroom based."

"I feel privileged to be part of the Dunraven partnership as a School Direct student teacher. The training I am receiving, from my mentor especially, but also from the Head of the Primary Phase and the other staff, is excellent. I feel supported in the classroom, and receive constructive feedback on my teaching, interaction with the children, and my approach to planning and assessment. The dynamism of the Primary team and the whole school more generally makes it a great environment to work and learn in, both for me and the children. The School Direct scheme allows me time in University to study theories I can then apply in the classroom, and the large amount of time spent in school allows me time to integrate properly in the school and form a true impression of what being a full time class teacher will be like."

Please read the blogs from our current School Direct trainees to find out about  "A Day in the Life of..."

Please view the videos below to hear from former trainees.








Congratulations to our 2021 School Direct trainees on achieving PGCE with QTS.  We wish you all well for your NQT year. 


We welcome our new School Direct trainees for the 2021-22 academic year and wish them the best of luck for the training in the year ahead.

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One of the ways in which the Sharing Excellence Partnership aims to promote ‘Excellence for All’ is by recruiting and training our own teachers, supported by our training providers.

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