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Edge Hill University partnership in Cumbria

Edge Hill University has partnerships with both primary and secondary schools in the Cumbria area.

Placement opportunities in Cumbria are limited due to the availability of accommodation in the local area and access to schools from the location of the accommodation. Accommodation can be in the form of cottages, depending largely on the location of the schools offering placements and the accommodation within the area. If you are a trainee, it can help if you have access to a car for the duration of your placement for this reason. However, this is not always a necessity.

You will make your own way to your accommodation on the Saturday before the placement commences. This will allow you to get your bearings and settle in before the placement commences the following Monday.

Why apply for a placement in Cumbria?

  • Work alongside our dedicated, longstanding Cumbrian partner schools who are always keen to support our trainees in their development. 
  • Opportunity to access the beautiful Cumbrian countryside during your leisure time around your placement. 

What do previous trainees think of their experience in Cumbria?

BSc (Hons) Secondary Education Mathematics with QTS student Tim during a distance placement in Cumbria

“Being close to the lake district meant every weekend was like a mini break away”.

Tim: BSc (Hons) Secondary Education Mathematics with QTS, 2021-2022.

“The most enjoyable aspect of my time on placement was being in my placement school. The staff were fantastic in making us feel welcome and ensuring that we had a smooth and relaxed introduction into teaching. The skills which I have learnt from both the mentors and the department in general has really helped me to shape my teacher identity. By doing a distance placement I have broadened my horizons in terms of the future”.

Callum: PGCE Secondary Education with QTS, 2021-2022.

In November 2021 I started my first teaching placement at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven, Cumbria. I really enjoyed the change of setting to the peace of the Lake District and the locals were really welcoming. The accommodation was well laid out and I made friends with other trainees on distance placements who I still speak to now.

My placement went great, and I could not have asked for a better start to teaching and a more supportive school and department than in St Benedict’s. I could not recommend it enough, great people who are great at their jobs supporting you all the way. This developed me as a teacher and really engrained me with useful knowledge, techniques and values.

If you want to solely focus on getting your first placement right with less distractions, then I cannot recommend a distance placement in Cumbria enough”.

Michael: Secondary History with QTS, 2021-2022.