The Salaried course at Weatherhead Teaching School is offered in collaboration with LJMU and is aimed at applicants with prior experience. This normally involves previous employment in a school-setting but other career changers are welcome to apply. Applicants for this employment-based route must apply with the support of a school who is willing to employ them as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the programme.
The Salaried programme includes a Postgraduate Certificate, alongside Qualified Teacher Status. The PGCE is assessed through 2 Modules. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete one essay, in two parts which asks you to reflect on your practice. The PGCE will be taught by experienced and friendly staff from LJMU and you will join a community of students at IMMarsh campus for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August.
As a Salaried School Direct trainee you may be expected to teach up to 90% of a teacher timetable and be responsible for the planning, teaching and assessment of your class(es) from early on in the year. Trainees on the salaried programme are selected, recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training.
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.
Your school-based experience takes place largely in your employing school, supported by well- trained mentors. A member of LJMU staff is attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support trainees and their mentors. Relationships are very close and constructive.
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.
In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 2 weeks in a contrasting school.
Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
The Observatory School
Bidston Village Road, Bidston, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT
You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.
GCSE English Language, Mathematics (and Science if Primary) at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
Minimum 2 years experience of working in a school based setting.
Please note when applying, you must already have a school willing to support you and to employ you whilst you train.
What we look for in a candidate:
Candidates must be dedicated to the students
We are looking for staff who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching
Eager, keen to learn and can reflect and plan
Excellent organisational skills, punctual and willing to give your own time to the school and its pupils
An ability to reflect on own practice, accept guidance and constructive criticism
Guide and drive your own learning, use your initiative and be proactive.
You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.
What better way to train to teach than to learn from outstanding teachers, in great schools!
Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance & Wallasey Primary Alliance School Direct allows you to do just that because School Direct trainees spend more time in schools learning to become outstanding teachers from outstanding teachers and school leaders.
Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, this Wirral-based Initial Teaching Training (ITT) is delivered in schools, by schools and with the aim that you will go on to work as a qualified teacher within our alliance.
We are an alliance of early years, primary, secondary and special schools in the Wirral area who have an excellent reputation for working collaboratively to deliver high quality School Direct training. The group of schools involved is diverse, and led by Weatherhead High School, an Ofsted outstanding school and National Teaching School.
Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited by email to attend a one-day selection process giving candidates the opportunity to show their potential for this course.
The day will consist of:
A morning with a class interacting with students and staff
A directed task with a small group of students
Prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to the class
Short written assessment
A 20 minute interview.
The selection process may or may not take place at your alliance school and candidates will normally be informed of the outcome within 24 hours.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our School Direct team provides excellent support and with LJMU, are committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. Contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you’ll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.
If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant staff.
All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and their school. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.
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