About the course
The Primary Maths Specialism course at Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School offered in collaboration with LJMU is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. 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.
Our student teachers normally spend Mondays (and sometimes the occasional full week) at the University and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, students return to the University for additional full training weeks, but spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in our Partnership schools. Whilst undertaking a Maths Specialism, you will be expected to teach Maths for 50% of your week.
The Primary programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in primary curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on Mathematics, 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 school-based mentors from LJMU. The lead mentor is 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 Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. 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.
Candidates will spend time working alongside a teacher in a supportive capacity.
Skills required are: Use of initiative; respond pro-actively to the changing needs of the situation; meeting children’s needs; use questioning in order to broaden your experience with both children and staff.
Planning for group activity:
You will be given a picture book to look through and gather an idea of what you might do with the children; how are you going to present the story? What resources do you need?
Teaching Activity with children; carry out what you have planned as above.
Reflection; Write a reflection of the morning experience. Focusing on grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
Comprises of a standard set of questions and specific maths questions
An applicant's performance in each part of the selection process is assessed and a final decision is made. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours.
Applicants will be assessed on:
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 make learning exciting and meaningful to children in a range of contexts
Commitment to supporting learners, including areas of challenging social context
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 largely in a Home School, supported by well- trained mentors. 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 attached to each school and the Lead Mentor oversees all students and both are responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors. Relationships are very close and constructive.
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.
You will be allocated to your Home School during Induction and every effort is made to select schools within reasonable travelling distance. Placements are selected from within the Consortium of Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School. A range of mentor training and development events hosted both at our schools or LJMU, ensure that our mentors understand our expectations and commit to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.
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 a new Key stage and age range. Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools and to Secondary Schools. As a PE specialist you will have an increased focus on teaching PE across the 5-11 age range, during school placements.
School experience is structured in Phases, beginning with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence, only 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.
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’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Financial support if you’re from outside of 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 have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent).The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics and Science grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
A Level Maths, grade C or above to apply for a Maths specialism course
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 equivalent.
Non-standard qualifications to be checked with email@example.com
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
As the lead school within the Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance, Our Lady of Pity R.C. Primary School offers training in an outstanding teaching environment, specialising in Mastery Maths, to enable you to develop a deep understanding of excellence in the classroom. While training with us there will be collaborative opportunities which include working with a number of outstanding schools in contrasting catchment areas and a variety of training including a three day bespoke Mastery Maths Core training, exclusive to our consortium.
Our Alliance provides a unique opportunity for you to train, not just as a teacher for tomorrow, but as a future leader of education. Our Lady of Pity is a Catholic school and offers you the opportunity to train in the context of the Christian ethos, but there is no religious requirement for students. Second placement schools will offer non-faith based settings.
A career in teaching is satisfying, fulfilling and has the capacity to change lives. Our Lady of Pity offers post graduate training through the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme in partnership with Liverpool John Moore's University.
Our training programme places you in the classroom to learn alongside successful, inspirational teachers who are passionate about their work and have a gift for developing these skills in others.
"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
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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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