About the course
North West Learning Partnership offer the salaried route into teaching in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University,(LJMU), and is aimed at applicants with prior experience in a school-setting and career changers. Applicants for this employment-based route should apply with the support of a school who is willing to employ them as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the programme which is one academic year or apply when there is a vacancy at one of our partnership schools. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information as to when there are vacancies and for support with your application.
North West Learning Partnership in partnership with LJMU will provide the training. You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate with Masters credits, alongside Qualified Teacher Status. This Salaried training programme is unique as you will benefit from training sessions 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. We offer a personalised approach in the training sessions which you access in order to facilitate your individual development. The PGCE element of the training is assessed through 2 Modules with LJMU. 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 element 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 with our support.
In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. You will be supported in meeting this target by your school based mentor. The Strategic Lead of the School Direct programme and LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure this school-based training.
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All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event.
The selection process involves participation in a presentation, a written literacy task, a numeracy task and an individual interview with representation from North West Learning Partnership, LJMU and the Head Teacher who has expressed an interest to employ you for one academic year as a non qualified teacher. Details to support preparation for the event are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend. Our selection and interview procedure will also give applicants further information about our programme.
Applicants will be assessed for their:
• Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to learners in a range of contexts
• Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context
• Enthusiasm, energy and resilience and ability to work with others in teams
How school placements work
Your school-based experience takes place largely in your employing school, supported by well- trained school based mentors. The Strategic Lead from North West Learning Partnership and 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 school based mentor, to progress meetings with the Strategic Lead 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. This placement will be provided by one of the schools within our Alliance which are all Outstanding or Good.
Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools, Secondary Schools and Foundation Stage . Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.
You will be paid as an unqualified teacher by your employing school for the duration of your training. This will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales. Your employing school will pay the costs of your PGCE training and assessment. In some instances a contribution towards the PGCE fee is requested from trainees by the employing school.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
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)
Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A range of interests and skills is desirable.
About the training provider
North West Learning Partnership School Direct is an established and successful School Direct Provider. As one of only 40 Maths Hubs in the country, we are able to provide outstanding training at the forefront of developments in Mathematics education. The partnership continues to be above the National norm for School Direct provision and are classed as a high flying alliance in terms of numbers of applications and successful recruitment. The one year in school training for graduates is provided by Serving Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, SLEs/ PDLs and other specialists in their field based at our Strategic Partner schools in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Training with us also means that you will benefit from
• High employment rates
• Only Good to Outstanding schools within our Alliance are used for placements
• Placement schools are across St Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Liverpool, Halton and Knowsley
• Highly effective school based tutors. All of a senior level with a wealth of experience or are Specialist Leaders in their field of expertise (SLEs)
• Personal support structures in place.
Large enough to offer a good range of opportunities and experiences but small enough to provide personalised training and support.
• Provision continues to be graded as ‘Outstanding
North West Learning Partnership are committed to ongoing development of all trainees for at least 3 years. Trainees have access, free of charge, to our highly effective NQT and RQT programmes.
North West Learning Partnership
About the accredited body
We work in close partnership with Liverpool John Moores University,(LJMU), our accredited provider for all our training programmes. Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK. LJMU has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training and offers innovative approaches to initial teacher education.Their 2019 OFSTED inspection outcomes were the best judgements on Merseyside with Primary provision graded Outstanding and Secondary programmes judged to be Good. The academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies.
Training with disabilities and other needs
North West Learning Partnership 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 University.
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.
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North West Learning Partnership Training Centre
Barton Close, St.Helens, Merseyside WA10 2HS
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