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Train to Teach

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Train to Teach at DHSB in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University

The course trains you in one year to become an Early Careers Teacher in a secondary school. You will be based in two different secondary schools across the year, immersed in school life and taking an active role in the school team. You will work mainly in Devonport High School for Boys as the lead school, with an additional placement for six to twelve weeks to give you breadth of experience. Subjects that placements are available in are:

From 2023 Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, MfL, PE, Computer Science, Religious Studies and Business Studies.

Some training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools, and you will also attend university and be part of a broad cohort of university students.

Formal assessment for the programme takes place throughout the year in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University our HEI link partner.

Why train to teach at DHSB?

Devonport High School for Boys is a happy and vibrant grammar school for boys aged 11-18 with a co-educational sixth form. Our vision, whatever your role in the school or personal ambition, is that ‘Everyone Succeeds’.

We provide a disciplined, caring environment in which students achieve levels of excellence that reflect their tremendous potential and our high expectations. Examination results and university entrance records are among the best in the country. In addition, we provide a remarkable range of co-curricular activities.

Mission statement

We inspire confidence so that all achieve the highest possible standard of academic success.

We develop talents so that everyone is enriched.

We support individuals in our school community to enhance their prowess and shape their future.

As a student teacher at DHSB we commit to provide you with the experiences and support necessary to flourish and qualify as a teacher in your chosen subject area. You will also be given opportunity to develop your understanding and experience of pastoral care. We aim to do this by providing you with a school based subject tutor and in addition a school mentor from outside of your subject area who will provide support with pedagogy and non subject specific aspects of learning to teach.

How to find out more?

To find out more about fees, bursaries available and routes in to teaching use the Get into Teaching website

To find out more and apply for the PGCE with QTS courses at DHSB use the Department for Education website

Guide from Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon University has published an extensive guide called How to Get into Teaching


This is an excellent resource to help potential trainees secure their place and prepare for life as a trainee teacher.


The guide covers everything from choosing a route into teaching, to teacher training personal statementsinterviewsapplying for your first teaching job, understanding the Early Career Framework and much more.


The guide also includes a downloadable teacher training survival guide, written for trainees by trainees.

School Experience

We understand that school experience is essential if you are interested in becoming a teacher, for further information on completing some school experience here at DHSB please email:

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