Why Train With Us

Our trainees go on to successful employment and many are now in middle or even senior positions. They are often employed by the schools where they trained or in other partnership schools. Here are some of the things they have said about their experience of training with us.

"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."

"Training at Dunraven has allowed me to truly experiment and explore every aspect of teaching. The school ethos and community stands strong and you never feel alone. Everyone is part of a team, whether it is you and your department, or you with your students all wanting to achieve the same goals for success. 
When it comes to lesson planning, you are your only limit. If you think it can be done, then give it a go! The support has been from start to end, there is always someone happy to give advice or useful insights. 
They say that it is the people who make the job, and this definitely holds true for Dunraven students and staff."


Read first hand accounts and blogs from our trainees here and view the videos below to hear more.



From Trainee to Middle Leader




Religious Education




Physical Education


Modern Foreign Languages 




You can hear Billy Kwong, Apprentice at Van Gogh Primary School talk about his experience of being an apprentice with us here.



Congratulations to our 2022 School Direct trainees on achieving PGCE with QTS. We wish you well as Early Career Teachers. We wish our trainees well for 2022-2023.


Secondary School Direct class of 2022-2023

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Primary School Direct class of 2022-2023

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