North West Learning Partnership
Primary (3BFS)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
Financial support

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

St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance offer the salaried route into teaching in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University,(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 which is one academic year. You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate, 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. This element of the training takes place at our training centre at St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary school and in our Strategic Partner Schools. 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 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. You will be supported in meeting this target by your Personal Learning Coordinator in the school/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.

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event.

The selection process involves participation in a group discussion and presentations, a written literacy task, and an individual interview with representation from St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary Alliance and LJMU. 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 Personal Learning Coordinators/Mentors. The Strategic Lead 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 Personal Learning Coordinator/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

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

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.

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 John Moores University,(LJMU), our accredited provider for our General Primary salaried programme. 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.

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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