About the course
The PGDE General Primary (5-11) course at MAITT is offered in collaboration with LJMU. It is taught by experienced and friendly staff who have been successful teachers and continue to maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at IM Marsh campus for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August 2019.
Our trainee teachers usually spend Monday at University and receive subject knowledge and professional study sessions on Friday at MAITT’s training centre. The other 3 days are based in school. As the programme progresses the amount of time spent in school increases, with up to 80% teaching commitment. Throughout the year students return to University for additional full training weeks, however, the majority of time (at least 120 days) is spent developing teaching skills in one of our partnership schools.
The Primary programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the 5-11 age range. 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.
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 assessed through 4 modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.
All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event at one of our partnership schools.
The selection process involves a 20 minute mini lesson to small group of children, a written literacy task and an individual interview with members of MAITT. 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 and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly staff team.
An applicant's performance in each part of the selection process is assessed and a final decision is made, based on a judgement of performance across the day. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours.
Applicants will be assessed for their:
• Relevant subject knowledge for Primary teaching and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the 5-11 age range
• Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to children 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
• Potential to work successfully at Master’s level.
Applicants are asked to bring evidence of GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science with them to interview, along with degree certificates if they have already graduated
How school placements work
Your school-based experience takes place in a Home School, supported by experienced, well-trained mentors. A long term placement in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and are a recognised and valued member of the school team. A liaison tutor from LJMU is assigned to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly to support both trainees and their mentors.
In addition to a Home School placement you will also undertake a 6 week alternative placement. You have the opportunity to develop your skills in a different Key Stage and contrasting setting. When required school experienced is further enhanced by visits to different schools to experience a range of contexts.
MAITT hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to meet Partnership Schools, this supports us in matching you with a placement school which allows you to thrive and develop your ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner. Matching day has proven to be very successful in placing our trainee teachers in their placements.
You are supported through a weekly review/feedback meeting with your mentor and regular support from your Liaison Tutor. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally. Relationships are very close and constructive.
We work with schools across a number of North West local authorities; these include a diverse range of settings. Our MAITT family of schools is committed to trainee teacher development and to the Partnership with the University. Mentor training and development events hosted both at MAITT/LJMU ensure our experienced mentors understand our expectations and are committed to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.
The programmes focuses on the 5-11 age range, however trainees also gain some experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
School experience is structured in Phases, this begins with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence. You will take on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
There are a range of ways in which you can arrange to pay your course fees, including in monthly instalments.
You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics and Science 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 applicants who have a passion for teaching the 5-11 age range and wish to share their passion with children. You should have a genuine belief that education transforms life chances and want to make a positive difference to children 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 primary school is helpful prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.
You are required by the DfE to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme.
You will also be 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.
Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.
About the training provider
Established in 2012, MAITT has a 6 year proven track record of working in partnership with LJMU to develop outstanding newly qualified teachers (NQT). We offer both a tuition (PGDE) and a salaried route (PGCE) into general primary teaching.
Trainees who complete the tuition route gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with QTS. This route includes 120 credits towards a Masters qualification.
In 2018, 82% of our tuition trainees (PGDE) were graded outstanding and 18% were good. Our salaried route offers a PGCE with QTS. In 2018 all our trainees were at least good, with 67% being graded outstanding.
We have strongly established partnerships with schools across Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton, which offer a diverse range of settings. Our experienced mentors are committed to developing highly skilled professionals.
MAITT is committed to high quality teacher training. Our training programme is enhanced by the use of experienced and outstanding current practitioners to deliver subject knowledge and professional study sessions in our bespoke, modern training centre. Trainees are well supported through our programme, including preparation for securing an NQT position.
At MAITT we are committed to ensuring both our children and trainees have a fantastic school experience. We hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to match them with a placement school which will allow them to thrive and develop their ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner.
Training with disabilities and other needs
LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity and proud of the help we offer. The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you'll be able to receive support from when you arrive. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165.
If you need an Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) which sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place, this will be put in place by an LJMU Disability Adviser once you have met to discuss your needs. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff.
All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and within our Partner Schools. As part of the enrolment process to Teacher Training Programmes all students are required to complete a Health Questionnaire and some may be asked to attend a screening appointment with our Occupational Health Unit. This is designed to ensure that arrangements are in place, from the outset, to support any students who may need additional support or reasonable adjustments to be made.
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