North West Learning Partnership Primary with Mathematics (SDKJ)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Due to our affiliation with North West Three Maths Hub, we offer a unique Primary with Mathematics School Direct Teacher Training programme for graduates, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. North West Three Maths Hub is at the forefront of the development of high-quality teaching in Mathematics. Trainee teachers will access our Primary General training with additional training units in Mathematics delivered by our Teaching for Mastery specialists, Maths PDLs and SLEs in addition to external experts. Trainees will also benefit from working with and observing these specialists.

The taught element of our School Direct programme at North West Learning Partnership will be delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers – Head teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. The majority of the training sessions delivered by North West Learning Partnership take place in our placement schools and other venues, and the Primary PGCE is taught at LJMU. Trainee teachers will spend some days training with both NWLP and LJMU. However, they continue to spend time in school throughout the whole programme.

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 your Professional Mentor in school and Liaison Tutor. 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. You will also complete a two-part essay, which requires you to reflect on your developing classroom practice.

School placements

Trainee teachers will be allocated a ‘home’ school in one of our placement schools 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, in addition to the opportunity to work alongside Teaching for Mastery specialists, Maths PDLs and SLEs. You will have two Teaching Practice phases in your home school and one in your away school. The away school is a contrasting experience. We aim to allocate placements which are best fit for your development. You will have a Professional 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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ashurst Primary School
New Glade Hill, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA11 9QJ
Billinge St.Aidan’s C of E Primary
London Fields, Billinge, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN5 7LS
Blackmoor Park Infant School
45 - 65 Leyfield Road, Liverpool, L12 9EY
Boothstown Holy Family Primary
Kendal Road, Manchester, M26 1AG
Broad Oak Community Primary School
Brunswick St., St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 2JE
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Old Lane, Rainford, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA11 8JF
Croxteth Primary
Moss Way, Liverpool, L11 0BP
Greenbank Primary School
Mossley Avenue, Liverpool, Merseyside, L18 1JB
Newfold Community Primary
St.Jame’s Road, Orrell, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN5 7BD
North West Learning Partnership Training Centre
Barton Close, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2HS
Northwood Community Primary
Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, L33 8XD
Nutgrove Methodist Aided Primary
Govett Road, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 5NH
Orrell St.James
St.James’ Road, Wigan, WN5 7AA
Plantation Primary
Hollies Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L26 0TH
Rainhill St.Ann’s C of E Primary
View Road, Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 0LQ
Rectory C of E Primary
Rectory Road, Ashton - in - Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN4 0QF
St.Mary and St.Thomas C E Primary
Barton Close, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2HS
St.Michael with St.Thomas C E Primary
Spinney Avenue, Hough Green, Widnes, Merseyside, WA8 8LD
St.Michael’s C E Howe Bridge
Leigh Road, Manchester, M46 0PA
St.Michael’s Catholic Primary
St.Michael’s Road, Widnes, Merseyside, WA8 8TD
St.Silas C of E Priamry
High Park Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 3TR
St.Theresa’s Catholic Primary
Cannon Street, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 4XU
Sutton Manor Community Primary
Forest Road, Sutton Manor, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 4AT
Victoria Road Primary
Victoria Road, Runcorn, WA7 5BN

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

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. Good subject knowledge in Mathematics and a passion for teaching and developing Primary Mathematics.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK 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.

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Financial support from the training provider

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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. Our affiliation with North West Learning Partnership enables us to offer high quality training in all areas of the school curriculum and external audits have recognised this provision as “Outstanding”. 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 Partnership are used for placements
  • Placement schools are across the North West including St Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley and Manchester.
  • 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 to 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

Our accredited body, Liverpool John Moores University has an established reputation for high quality Teacher Training. The LJMU Partnership’s 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. Our Partnership with LJMU ensures that our teachers develop a deep and research-informed understanding of subjects, the curriculum, learners and learning. The Postgraduate Award from LJMU is co-designed to ensure that teaching and assignments are embedded in classroom practice. There is significant academic and pastoral support from LJMU.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews, when not on line, take place at one of the schools within the Three Saints Academy Trust. There will be at least two representatives from all our partners, including university, on the interview panel. The interview process includes a presentation based on a planned lesson and a formal interview. You will also be asked to complete a written English task and a Mathematics task. Further information will be provided prior to the interview.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 partnership 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 partnership, 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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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