North West Learning Partnership Primary with Mathematics (SDKJ)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Due to our affiliation with North West Three Maths Hub, we offer a bespoke 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 specialist.

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. A number 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, although the majority of your time on the course will be spent in your placement schools to gain vital in-school experience.

The Primary with Mathematics programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects and the foundation stage, 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 topics: 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through two modules. The LJMU course team and North West Learning Partnership School Direct have worked together to ensure that the modules are 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.

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, with an ‘away’ placement in the Spring term at a contrasting placement school. 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. 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 and your Liaison Tutor from LJMU.

In addition to your home and away schools, you also have a day placement in our partner High School, SEND Schools and in Foundation Stage. We believe that these placements are important and will 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
Blackmoor Park Junior School
Blackmoor Park Junior School, Liverpool, Merseyside, L12 9HB
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
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
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 Oswald’s CE Primary School
St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Ronald Ross Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside, L30 5RH
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 Primary
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.

  • Edge Hill University (GCSE exams only)

  • Combined Science and Science-Biology are both accepted as equivalents to GCSE Science

Personal qualities

Relevant subject knowledge for teaching and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the age range 5 - 11 years.

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 are required to ensure success on this 1-year intensive training programme.

Strong interest and ability in primary Mathematics.

The ability to work with others in teams and the potential to work successfully at Masters’ level.

Other requirements

If you do not have a Mathematics degree, a degree related to Mathematics or an A level Mathematics qualification but are passionate about Mathematics, your application will still be considered and is most welcome.

All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Referees must have an organisation/institution email address.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

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 take place at one of the schools within the Three Saints Academy Trust with representatives from North West Learning Partnership and members of the Senior Leadership Teams from the academy schools.

The interview process includes:

  • A 15-20 minute observed lesson input to a class using an age-appropriate children’s book or Mathematics game of your choice
  • Written English and Mathematics tasks
  • A formal 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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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