North West Learning Partnership
Primary (DF23)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

We offer a unique Primary General School Direct Teacher Training programme for graduates, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University.Trainee teachers are treated as professionals who are part of the school team. Your school based mentor in both your ‘home’ and ‘away’ school will support your development.

The taught element of our School Direct programme at North West Learning Partnership will be delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers from our teaching School partnership – Head teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. The majority of the training sessions take place at our training centre at St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary school and in our Strategic Partner schools. The Primary PGCE taught at LJMU begins with a Summer School at the University, in the final week of August. Trainee teachers will spend some days, Mondays in the first half term and sometimes the occasional full week throughout the year at the University. However, the majority of time is spent in school.

The Primary programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the 5-11 age range. In addition, training sessions will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools. In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. Trainees will also be supported both by North West Learning Partnership and LJMU staff. On placement, they will undertake co-observations of your teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. The LJMU course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete a two-part essay, which requires you to reflect on your developing classroom practice.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews take place at our Lead school, St.Mary and St.Thomas C E Primary or at one of our Strategic Partner schools. There will be at least two representatives from all our partners, including university, on the interview panel. The interview process includes a presentation, book read to a full class and formal interview. You will also be asked to complete a written English task and a Mathematics task. Prior to the interview, you will be given the year group in which your reading/task from your chosen book will be made.

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • Relevant subject knowledge for Primary teaching and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the 5-11 age range.
  • Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to children in a range of contexts
  • Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context
  • Enthusiasm, energy and resilience and ability to work with others in teams and potential to work successfully at Master’s level.

Applicants are asked to bring evidence of GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science with them to interview, along with degree certificates if they have already graduated.

If you are successful, you will also be invited to a welcome meeting in July 2020, where you will meet staff from your ‘home’ school and the North West Learning Partnership.

How school placements work

Trainee teachers will be allocated a ‘home’ school in our Alliance for one academic year, all of which are outstanding or good. We provide a personalised and supportive training approach and therefore the location of your ‘home’ school will be taken into consideration. You will have two Teaching Practice blocks in your ‘home’ school and one in your ‘away’. The away school is a contrasting experience. We aim to allocate placements which are ‘best fit’ for your development. You will have a school based mentor in both your ‘home’ and ‘away’ school who will support your development. You will also receive support and guidance from the School Direct Strategic Lead.

In addition to your ‘home’ and ‘away’ school, you also have a day placement in our partner High School, Special Schools and in Foundation Stage. We believe that these placements are important and enhance your training within the Primary Phase.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £14,000

There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly installments.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Hardship bursaries may be available.



You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification) at application stage

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals with a professional approach who will become positive members of the school community. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching and resilience. The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English and strong organisational skills are essential. The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of the Primary phase is also important. A range of interests and skills is desirable.

Other requirements

Experience in school prior to the training programme is not essential. However, we are happy to arrange experience in one of our partner schools, if you so wish. If you feel you would benefit from this, please email for further information.

About the training provider

North West Learning Partnership School Direct is an established and successful School Direct Provider. As one of only 40 Maths Hubs in the country, we are able to provide outstanding training at the forefront of developments in Mathematics education. The partnership continues to be above the National norm for School Direct provision and are classed as a high flying alliance in terms of numbers of applications and successful recruitment. The one year in school training for graduates is provided by Serving Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, SLEs/ PDLs and other specialists in their field based at our Strategic Partner schools in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Training with us also means that you will benefit from

  • High employment rates
  • Only Good to Outstanding schools within our Alliance are used for placements
  • Placement schools are across St Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Liverpool, Halton and Knowsley
  • Highly effective school based tutors. All of a senior level with a wealth of experience or are Specialist Leaders in their field of expertise (SLEs)
  • Personal support structures in place. Large enough to offer a good range of opportunities and experiences but small enough to provide personalised training and support.
  • Provision continues to be graded as ‘Outstanding North West Learning Partnership are committed to ongoing development of all trainees for at least 3 years. Trainees have access, free of charge, to our highly effective NQT and RQT programmes.

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About the accredited body

We work in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores University,(LJMU), our accredited provider for all our training programmes. Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK. LJMU has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training and offers innovative approaches to initial teacher education.Their 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best judgements on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. The academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies.

Training with disabilities and other needs

North West Learning Partnership is committed to Equality of Opportunity. All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments. Student support is available from both the Alliance and the University.

Support will be put into place for any trainee teacher who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments. For example, we have a specialist in Dyslexia within our Specialist Leader in Education team within the Alliance, who can provide support in developing coping strategies in day to day teaching.

Your emotional well being and mental health is important to us. Therefore, support systems are embedded within our programmes.

As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire.

Contact details

North West Learning Partnership Training Centre at St Mary & St Thomas C.E. Primary
Barton Close
St Helens
WA10 2HS


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