About the course
Due to the affiliation with Maths Hub NW3, we are excited to offer a School Direct Secondary Mathematics in school one year teacher training programme. On completion you will be awarded PGCE with Masters credits and QTS. The course is offered by the lead schools Rainford High and Up Holland High in association with the North West Learning Partnership and Liverpool John Moores University.
Most of your time will be spent in a 'home' school with a contrasting 'away' placement. You will benefit from training in our placement schools by receiving training from high quality relevant professionals with an outstanding track record for delivering the highest grades for young people at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. You will benefit from working alongside a Mastery Specialist of Mathematics in the school setting in addition to:
Opportunity for leadership training/development of strategic curriculum design.
Develop examination expertise at KS4 and KS5.
Teaching opportunity across KS2,3, 4 and 5.
Subject specific and career impacting professional development.
High quality subject specific CPD opportunities with nationally recognised speakers.
High quality guest speakers to support pedagogical and subject specialism.
Discussion club focused on high quality academic research linked to educational discussion at some of the leading local restaurants and venues.
The PGCE aspect of your course takes place at Liverpool John Moores University IM Marsh campus. It begins with a Summer School during the last week of August. Some days and full weeks will be spent at university but you will mainly be in school.
The Maths programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident Maths teacher. In addition, you 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.
In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will demonstrate that you are able to meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards.
The PGCE is assessed through 2 Modules, one of these modules uses the evidence you gather to be awarded QTS.
Shortlisting: All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event.
Selection events: The selection process will involve a presentation, a Maths task, and an individual interview with school staff and members of our partnership. Details to support preparation for the event are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend. Our selection and interview day will also give applicants further information about our programmes and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly and supportive team.
Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours.
Applicants will be assessed for their:
• Depth of relevant subject knowledge and their interest and enthusiasm for teaching Maths
• Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people 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 and potential to work successfully at Master’s level.
Applicants are asked to bring evidence of GCSEs in English and Mathematics with them to interview, along with degree certificates if they have already graduated.
How school placements work
Your school-based experience takes place largely in your Home School, supported by well- trained mentors, and a staff body comprising of a mix of experienced staff, NQT’s, RQT’s and Mastery Specialists in Mathematics. We have found that being in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and get to know staff, pupils and your subject mentor extremely well, to the benefit of all involved. A member of LJMU staff is normally attached to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors. Relationships are very close and constructive.
In addition to the time spent in a Home School, you will also undertake an alternative placement of roughly 6 weeks in a contrasting school between January and February. This placement has an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion. Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Primary Schools. Although the LJMU programmes focus on 11-16 experience, you will also gain experience of Post 16 planning and teaching during your school experience.
School experience is structured in phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, taking on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year, in collaboration with your mentor.
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.
A range of mentor training and development events hosted both at LJMU and in schools, ensure that our mentors understand our expectations and commit to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
There are a range of ways in which you can pay your course fees, including in monthly installments.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Hardship bursaries may be available for some students, depending on individual circumstances. A contribution towards travel to school placements may be made in some circumstances.
You should normally have or expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Maths related discipline with significant content in Maths. The degree classification should be third class or above. Funded Maths subject knowledge enhancement courses are available.
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics 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 first
We are looking for applicants who have a passion for Maths and wish to share their passion with young people. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to young people and to their communities. At interview we hope to see your enthusiasm along with evidence of some experiences which have informed your decision to become a teacher. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.
You are 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. These form part of your conditions of offer.
Your offer is conditional until ALL conditions of entry are completed and verified. These conditions are made available on UCAS. If you need duplicate GCSE certificates you will need to contact your exam board.
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.
As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Rainford High School
1 Higher Lane, Rainford, St.Helens, Merseyside WA11 8NY
Up Holland High School
Sandbrook Road, Orrell, Up Holland, Wigan, West Lancashire WN5 7AL
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