Our OFSTED Outstanding Primary (3-7) course is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at our city centre campus and spend 120 days within our LJMU Partnership school family, with whom we work very closely.
The Primary 3-7 programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all curriculum areas, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the curriculum across key stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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.
The Primary PGDE begins with an induction at the University. Following induction and up until January, student teachers normally spend Mondays (and sometimes the occasional full week) on campus and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, students spend 5 days in schools, but return to the University for additional full training weeks. You will spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) teaching in two schools.
LJMU is unique in the North West in offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Education together with Qualified Teacher Status. This means that our Primary teaching graduates are already skilled teachers two thirds of the way towards a Masters, which many go on to complete during their early career.
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 taught and assessed through 4 Modules. The Award of QTS forms one of these Modules. You will also be assessed by completing two essays based on your classroom practice, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and delivering a case-study presentation.