Mersey Boroughs ITT Partnership (School Direct) Primary (3CLS)

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

Accredited body
Mersey Boroughs ITT Partnership
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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our full time, one academic year programme gives trainees the chance to spend a significant amount of time in school, becoming part of a school team from the very first week and learning from excellent current practitioners both in school and through our taught programme.

Our aim is quality throughout the programme.

  • Top quality candidates selected through a rigorous interview process.

  • Guaranteed placements in schools that offer quality mentoring and support.

  • High quality training delivered by outstanding current classroom practitioners.

  • Quality Masters-level input from our university partner.

  • Top quality support throughout the programme from experienced tutors and the programme team.

  • Access to our quality ECT and RQT development programmes free of charge for all of our successful trainees, ensuring support continues through their first year of teaching and beyond.

When you are not engaged with your placement school, our taught sessions are delivered in a classroom environment and provide informative, interactive and up to date teaching ideas, supporting you across the full primary curriculum to become highly employable well-informed and reflective practitioners.

There are no ongoing essays required as the programme progresses. For the final award of QTS our trainees will have been assessed and supported in their development with regular observations and evaluations of their teaching. Towards the end of the programme trainees will submit documentary evidence that they have met each Teachers’ Standard across two different age phases.

The PGCE element of the programme is delivered by our partner university at their city centre campus. For your PGCE award the two masters modules require a short reflective essay or presentation based on your classroom research.

Support continues throughout the first year of teaching and beyond for all of our successful trainees with access to our quality ECT and RQT development programmes. “The partnership provides comprehensive and highly valued initial teacher training and continuing professional development for NQTs and recently qualified teachers (RQTs)” – Ofsted.

We are very proud that our inspection recognised the positive impact the teachers Mersey Boroughs train have on young learners. Our trainees are very well prepared for their employment and both Ofsted and employing head teachers acknowledge that a Mersey Boroughs trained teacher is an asset and arrives in their first post fully equipped for the teaching profession. “Trainees and NQTs have highly appropriate professional attributes, are committed to teaching, very positive about their training and support.” – Ofsted.

School placements

Originally a group of 20 primary schools working across five of the Merseyside boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Halton, Liverpool, Sefton and Quest Primary Federation in Wigan. The schools in the partnership share a common vision: to train and develop outstanding teachers for the future.

With their professional training needs in mind our trainees complete significant placements in two contrasting primary schools, carefully selected by the leadership team from within the established partnership .

Trainees are assigned a ‘home school’ where they are based during the autumn term. The first half term blends time in school with a taught programme delivered by outstanding practitioners, building up to a first teaching ‘block’ leading up to Christmas.

Trainees then move on to their second school in the spring term, again combining time in school with taught sessions but also benefiting from a series of ‘broadening experience’ activities. Trainees complete a second substantial teaching ‘block’ in their second school.

The summer term is spent back in the ‘home school’ where trainees are able to put all of the skills and knowledge that they’ve developed together in delivering their final ‘block’ of teaching.

During the year trainees also complete a number of tasks that will support them in meeting the standards required for the award of QTS and will also complete pieces of assessed work linked to their PGCE study.

Our trainees spend more than the minimum required days working in schools. They have a wide range of opportunities to observe and learn from good and outstanding practitioners. Trainees also undertake helpful ’broadening experience visits’ and ‘mini placements’ in secondary, nursery and special schools arranged by the partnership.

We feel that our programme is rigorous but really successful in preparing trainees for a career in teaching and to become outstanding teachers in their own right. Feedback from our successful cohorts has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve are delighted to continue our relationship with former trainees through the free of charge programmes of ECT and RQT support and development that we offer.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Banks Road Primary School
Banks Road, Garston, Liverpool , L19 8JZ
Bishop David Shepherd CE Primary School
Devonshire Road, Southport, PR9 7BZ
Car Mill Primary School
Kentmere Avenue, St Helens, WA11 7PQ
Hale CE Primary
Hesketh Road, Hale, Liverpool, L24 4AN
Halsnead Primary School
Pennywood Drive. , Whiston, Prescot, Liverpool, L35 3TX
Knowsley First - Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Hall Lane, Cronton, Cheshire, WA8 5DW
Lander Road Primary School
Pennington Road, Liverpool, L21 8HY
Liverpool Diocese Schools Trust
Church House, Liverpool, L1 7BY
Longton Lane Community Primary School
23 Longton Lane, Rainhill, L35 8PB
Main Site
Bryer Road, Prescot, L35 5DN
Malvern Primary School
Willoughby Road, Liverpool, L14 6XA
Oakdene Primary School
Ashton Avenue, Prescot, L35 0QQ
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School
Northumberland Terrace, Liverpool, L5 3QF
Prescot Primary Community School
Maryville Rd, Prescot, L34 2TA
Quest Federation
682 Atherton Road, Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4SQ
School Direct Teaching Centre
Weyman Avenue, Liverpool, L35 2YW
St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
Tithebarn Road, Knowsley Village, Prescot, L34 0HA
St Mary and St Paul’s CE Primary
Bryer Road, Prescot, Liverpool, L35 5DN
Wavertree CE Primary School
Rose Villas, Liverpool, L15 8HJ
Whiston Willis Primary School
Milton Avenue, Whiston, Prescot, L35 2XY
Winwick CE Primary School
Myddleton Lane, Winwick, WA2 8LQ
Yew Tree Primary School
The Avenue, Halewood, Liverpool, L26 1UU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Other requirements

References should be supplied from different sources (i.e. not from the same University/ school/ employment) and the referees you choose must

  • Confirm and establish that you are safe to work with children
  • Validate their relationship with you References should be supplied using a professional email address where possible

Offers are subject to a) Evidence of relevant qualifications b) Successful interview c) *Health Check Statement* d) *Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)*

Offers will be conditional subject to all of the above being in place prior to the programme start date. *Mersey Boroughs administer and cover these costs.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Working with our high quality partnership of schools Mersey Boroughs ITT Partnership are proud to provide “High quality centre-based training equips trainees and NQTs extremely well with the subject and curriculum knowledge and practical skills required to be successful teachers.” – Ofsted.

We ensure that our trainees graduate with the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required to become an outstanding teacher. The programme results in the award of QTS with PGCE Masters credits.

During your training year you will benefit from working within our close partnership of excellent schools on every aspect of our provision, “trainees spend more than the minimum required days working in schools. They have good opportunities to observe and learn from good and outstanding practitioners. Trainees also undertake helpful ’broadening experience visits’ and ‘mini placements’ in secondary, nursery and special schools.” – Ofsted.

Our general primary programme offers a comprehensive schedule of subject and theoretical training, delivered by outstanding practitioners and experts from across our partnership in very practical, hands on class based sessions. The personalised nature of our programme ensures all our trainees are supported pastorally and professionally to develop their all round skills making them highly employable and fully prepared for a successful teaching career.

Interview process

We are looking for people with the ambition, enthusiasm and resilience to be successful on our ITT programme and to become outstanding teachers for the future.

Our selection process is co-ordinated by and interviews held at St Mary & St Paul’s Cof E Primary School in Prescot L35 5DN.

We aim to offer a relaxed, fully inclusive interview process and as such there is no requirement to plan for or teach during our one day interviews. Applicants who are shortlisted from their initial DfE ‘Apply’ application will be invited to spend a day in school with us, during which they will undertake a comprehensive selection process: Applicants will spend the morning in a class acting in the role of a teaching assistant, we are keen to see applicant’s interaction with children and adults, knowledge, use of standard English and aptitude. They will then complete a short written reflection on their morning, which will be used to assess their ability to reflect and learn from experience and their use of standard written English. Applicants will then have a formal interview, including a short presentation linked to a teaching resource of their choice. Prior to the interview day applicants are expected to complete a short online maths task.

Our selection panel is always made up of staff and/or tutors from our leadership team and partner schools.

We are happy to accommodate any adjustments as required to assist candidates on the day but ask that they are relayed to us in advance.

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

Everyone in the Mersey Boroughs Partnership is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer.

Interviewees who would benefit from additional support are asked to contact our main office prior to the interview day to allow us to make extra time for any written tests or other appropriate arrangements in advance.

Prior to registration trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific physical or learning needs that they have in order for us to make any necessary adjustments, both at our training venue and within our placement schools.

As part of the pre course requirements potential ITT trainees are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit.

Our training venue has onsite parking facilities and is fully wheelchair accessible on one ground floor level.

Contact this training provider

0151 443 2663
St Mary & St Paul's CE Primary School
Bryer Road
L35 5DN

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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