About the course
The Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance Art and Design PGCE course, offered in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, 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 Fridays (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 schools.
The Art and Design 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 Art and Design teacher. University 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. School – led sessions will also develop your understanding in key areas related to our school context.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 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 who meet the criteria will be invited by email to attend a one-day selection process giving candidates the opportunity to show their potential for this course.
The day will consist of:
• A morning with a class interacting with students and staff
• A directed task with a small group of students
• Prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to the class
• Short written assessment
• A 20 minute interview.
• The selection process may or may not take place at your alliance school and candidates will normally be informed of the outcome within 24 hours.
Applicants for Art and Design may also be required to bring a portfolio.
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 is responsible for visiting regularly in order to support all trainees and their mentors.
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.
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, many trainees also gain experience of Post 16 planning and teaching during their school experience.
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 may be eligible for a loan while you study.
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.
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 expect to achieve an Undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent) in an Art and Design related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
• 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 with firstname.lastname@example.org
What we look for in a candidate:
• Candidates must be dedicated to the students
• We are looking for staff who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching
• Eager, keen to learn and can reflect and plan
• Excellent organisational skills, punctual and willing to give your own time to the school and its pupils
• An ability to reflect on own practice, accept guidance and constructive criticism
• Guide and drive your own learning, use your initiative and be proactive.
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
What better way to train to teach than to learn from outstanding teachers, in great schools!
Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance & Wallasey Primary Alliance School Direct allows you to do just that because School Direct trainees spend more time in schools learning to become outstanding teachers from outstanding teachers and school leaders.
Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, this Wirral-based Initial Teaching Training (ITT) is delivered in schools, by schools and with the aim that you will go on to work as a qualified teacher within our alliance.
We are an alliance of early years, primary, secondary and special schools in the Wirral area who have an excellent reputation for working collaboratively to deliver high quality School Direct training. The group of schools involved is diverse, and led by Weatherhead High School, an Ofsted outstanding school and National Teaching School.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our School Direct team provides excellent support and with LJMU, are 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. 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 staff.
All trainees are encouraged to disclose any specific learning need that they experience, in order to make any adjustments, both at LJMU and their school. 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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Birkenhead High School Academy
86 Devonshire Place, Prenton, Merseyside CH43 1TY
Breck Rd, Wallasey, Merseyside CH44 3HS
The Mosslands School
Mosslands Drive, Wallasey Village, Wallasey, Merseyside CH45 8PJ
West Kirby Grammar School
Graham Road, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 5DP
Wirral Grammar School for Boys
Cross Lane, Bebington, Wirral CH63 3AQ
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