The PGDE Primary Early Years (3-7) course focuses on Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The course is offered by MAITT in collaboration with LJMU. It is taught by experienced and friendly staff who have been successful teachers and continue to maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at IM Marsh campus for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August 2020.
Our trainee teachers usually spend Monday at University and receive subject knowledge and professional study sessions on Friday at MAITT’s training centre. The other 3 days are based in school. As the programme progresses the amount of time spent in school increases, with up to 80% teaching commitment. Throughout the year students return to University for additional full training weeks, however, the majority of time (at least 120 days) is spent developing teaching skills in one of our partnership schools.
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, lead lectures and seminars 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. LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.
The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed through 4 modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.