North West Learning Partnership History (X871)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.northwestlearningpartnership.co.uk/index.php/workstreams/school-direct

Contents

About the course

Due to the expertise of trainers and staff in our Lead Secondary schools, we are excited to offer our PGCE with QTS in History. Both schools offer unique and dynamic training opportunities for the right aspirational candidates.

  • Opportunity to teach across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
  • Training with high quality relevant professionals with an outstanding track record for delivering the highest grades for young people at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 as well as delivering exceptional transition.
  • Opportunity for leadership training and development of strategic curriculum design.
  • Commitment to develop examination expertise at KS4 and KS5
  • Opportunity to take part in curriculum enrichment through visits and events
  • Teaching opportunity across KS2,3, 4 and 5.
  • Become part of a caring and supportive learning community and contribute to making a difference for the school and the young people
  • Direct ownership for student progress.
  • Subject specific and career impacting professional development.
  • Strong employment opportunities.

The PGCE aspect of your course, awarded with Masters credits, takes place at Liverpool John Moores University. Until January, you will normally spend Fridays (and sometimes the occasional full week) at the university and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, you will return to the university for additional full training weeks, but the majority of your time will be spent training in our schools. The History programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident History teacher. In addition, workshops and seminars will develop your confidence in; 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 (QTS), you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by school-based mentors. LJMU staff undertake co-observations of your teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership. The PGCE is assessed through 2 Modules, one of these modules uses the evidence you gather to be awarded QTS.

School placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in your Home School, supported by well- trained mentors, experienced staff with expertise in History. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is normally attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors. Relationships are very close and constructive. In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 6 weeks in a contrasting school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion. Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Primary Schools. Although the LJMU programmes focus on 11-16 experience, you will also gain experience of post-16 planning and teaching during your school experience. School experience is structured in phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year, in collaboration with your mentor. All trainees are entitled to weekly review and feedback meetings with their mentors and to tutorials with LJMU staff. This ‘wraparound’ care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally. A range of mentor training and development events hosted both at LJMU and in schools, ensure that our mentors understand our expectations and commit to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Rainford High School
1 Higher Lane, Rainford, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA11 8NY
Yes
Up Holland High School
Sandbrook Road, Orrell, Up Holland, Wigan, West Lancashire, WN5 7AL
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a passion for History and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities. At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.

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

Financial support from the training provider

For more information visit: [getintoteaching.education.gov.uk] and [northwestlearningpartnership.co.uk]

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.

North West Learning Partnership (http://www.northwestlearningpartnership.co.uk/index.php/workstreams/school-direct)

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

Shortlisting: All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event. Selection events: The selection process will involve a presentation, a History classroom task and an interview with school staff and members of our partnership. Details to support preparation for the event are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend. Our selection and interview day will also give applicants further information about our programmes and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly and dedicated team. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours. Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • Depth of relevant subject knowledge and their interest and enthusiasm for teaching History
  • Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people 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 and Mathematics with them to interview, along with degree certificates if they have already graduated.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

Email
kathy.carman@three-saints.org.uk
Telephone
07383094506
Website
http://www.northwestlearningpartnership.co.uk/index.php/workstreams/school-direct
Address
North West Learning Partnership Training Centre at St Mary & St Thomas C.E. Primary
Barton Close
St Helens
Merseyside
WA10 2HS

Support and advice

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