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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Due to our affiliation with North West Maths Hub 3, we offer a unique Primary with Mathematics School Direct Teacher Training programme for graduates, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. 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.

Our School Direct programme 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 in our Strategic Partner schools and the Primary PGCE is taught at LJMU. Trainee teachers will spend some days training with both North West Learning Partnership and LJMU. However, the majority of time is spent in your “Home 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, reflecting on your developing classroom practice.

School placements

Trainee teachers will be allocated a ‘home’ school in our partnership 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 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
Broad Oak Community Primary School
Brunswick St., St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 2JE
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
Nutgrove Methodist Aided Primary
Govett Road, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 5NH
Plantation Primary
Hollies Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L26 0TH
Rainhill St.Ann’s C of E Primary
View Road, Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 0LD
Rectory C of E Primary
Rectory Road, Ashton - in - Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN4 0QF
St.Austins R C Primary
Heath Street, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA9 5NJ
St.Gerard’s Roman Catholic Primary
Lugsdale Rd.,, Widnes, Merseyside, WA8 6DD
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 Catholic Primary
St.Michael’s Road, Widnes, Merseyside, WA8 8TD
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

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

Applicants with a Maths degree/a degree with Mathematics included in the degree/ A level Maths are welcome to apply for the Primary with Mathematics School Direct training programme.

See information in financial support regarding an available bursary for candidates with the relevant qualification.

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 2021 to 2022 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

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training. 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, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training during your course.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview at our Lead school, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary.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 Mathematics 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.

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 (add specific interest in Maths for Maths version) 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 2021, where you will meet staff from your home school and the North West Learning Partnership.

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

Interviews may take place on line in response to current guidance,(Covid 19).

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 Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021