North West Learning Partnership
Primary (23N5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

We offer a unique Primary General Teacher Training programme for graduates. Trainees on our School Direct programme will be allocated a school in our Alliance for one academic year, all of which are outstanding or good. We provide a personalised and supportive training approach and therefore the location of your 'home' school will be taken into consideration.

The majority of time will be spent in your ‘home’ school with additional teaching in an ‘away’ school in the Alliance. You will have two Teaching Practice blocks in your 'home' school and one in your 'away'. The 'away' school is a contrasting experience which supports your development into a good to outstanding teacher.

St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance treat our trainees as professionals who are part of the school team. You will have a Personal Learning Coordinator in both your 'home' and 'away' school who will support your development. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and is measured against the Teacher Standards.

The taught element of our School Direct programme will be delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers from our teaching School partnership – Head teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. The majority of the training sessions take place at our training centre at St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary school and in our Strategic Partner schools.

Working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University, we provide our trainees with a strong school- centred postgraduate route into teaching but with the added benefit of studying for a Masters level with Masters credits. The teaching at Masters Level will be delivered by Liverpool Hope University. You will attend Liverpool Hope University for 12 days and complete two assignments throughout the year.

This programme offers a wide range of training opportunities to enhance your job applications including: training in Read,Write,Inc and Dyslexia Awareness. We are also proud to be the first TSA to trial and develop the Anglican Church School award. This was developed last year in association with Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Dioceses, Expert Practitioners and R.E. Specialist Leaders in Education. We are pleased to offer this to you as part of this training programme. Support in applications for teaching posts and interviews is included.

This training programme was graded as "outstanding" by external Quality Assurance processes. However, student voice is important to us and we are always looking at ways to continuously evolve.

Interview process

Interviews take place at our Lead school or at one of our Strategic Partner schools. There will be at least two representatives from all our partners, including university, on the interview panel. The interview process includes a group presentation, book read to a class and formal interview. You will also be asked to complete a written English task and a Mathematics task. Prior to the interview, you will be given the year group in which your reading/task from your chosen book will be made.

If you are successful at interview and offered a place, we will allocate your 'home' and 'away' placement schools. These schools will either be Strategic Partner schools or schools within our Alliance.

How school placements work

We offer a personalised approach and therefore we aim to allocate placements which are 'best fit' for your development.

In addition to your 'home' and 'away' school, you also have 2 day placements in our partner High School, Special School and in Foundation Stage. We believe that these placements are important and enhance your training within the Primary Phase.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Please follow this link for information and contact Finance at Liverpool Hope University for any further queries.




You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should be at 2:1 or above. However strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered.

GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Relevant experience in a school setting is beneficial for your application, but not essential.

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals with a professional approach who will become positive members of the school community. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching and resilience. The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English and strong organisational skills are essential.

The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of the Primary phase is also important.

A range of interests and skills is desirable.

About the training provider

St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance is an established School Direct provider which is part of the St.Helens Teaching School Alliance. Being part of the St.Helens Teaching School Alliance,(TSA), means that we are able to offer you high quality training and personal support, not just during your Initial Teacher Training, but also in your NQT year and throughout your career. In addition, as one of only 35 Maths Hubs in the country, we are able to provide outstanding training at the forefront of developments in Education. This means that our trainees receive the best possible training. During 2017/18, 67% of our trainees gained a grade 1. We work closely with our Strategic Partners and Partner schools, which are all outstanding or good, across St.Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Halton, Knowsley and Liverpool. We have around 50 placement schools and are therefore large enough to offer you a wide range of teaching experiences but small enough to give you the personal support to facilitate your individual development. You will receive training from a team of specialist trainers from within our Alliance: Specialist Leaders in Education, Heads and Deputy Heads, Personal Learning coordinators and experienced class teachers. We aim to recruit and train high quality, aspiring primary school teachers. On completion, of the programme, our trainees are sought after by employees both within our Alliance schools and beyond, due to the reputation which we have established.

St.Helens Teaching Schools Alliance

St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance(

About the accredited body

We work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University, our accredited provider for our General Primary non salaried programme. The University places great emphasis on the bringing together of research excellence and top-quality teaching. This is facilitated by a community of academics and scholars who are of the highest calibre.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance 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 Alliance and the Universities which we work in partnership with.

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 Alliance, 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 details

07739 030043
St Mary & St Thomas C.E. Primary
Barton Close
St Helens
WA10 2HS


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