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 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, reflecting on your developing classroom practice.