Many of our past trainees are already enjoying successful careers as classroom teachers and school leaders across Lancashire.

Year 6 teacher

My experience as a School Direct student at Parbold was absolutely fantastic. Being an older student, I wasn't sure how I would manage juggling a new career alongside family commitments, but the caring and supportive nature of the people around me made this possible. I can't recommend this course enough!

Year 1 teacher

The support I have received right from the start of the teacher training course with Shining Lights has been amazing. Every training day has been extremely useful and the advice given is always helps me better myself as teacher. I am so glad I trained with Shining Lights and would encourage anyone thinking about getting into teaching to do the same. 

Year 1 teacher

Having the opportunity to 'learn on the job’ allowed me to be confident when teaching all subjects. My confidence grew over time because of the support from my excellent mentors! They sustained me throughout my placements, giving me advice and guidance.

Reception teacher & Senior leader

The alliance values each and every trainee as an individual. I was both supported and professionally challenged by my mentors and the alliance leader.  I enjoyed a wealth of experiences across both Key Stages that prepared me for the beginning of my teaching career and, later, my first steps into leadership.  

Reception teacher

Throughout my time as a trainee with Shining Lights, I have found the school experiences and support second to none. The school-based training days made me feel fully prepared for my placements and for the start of my teaching career. I'm now incredibly excited for the rest of my teaching journey!

Year 5 teacher

The best thing about the course is the individual support offered to us from Shining Lights Teaching School Alliance. No matter how small the query, there will always be support offered! 

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