About the course
The School Direct training 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 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 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.
All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event at North Liverpool Academy.
Applicants will be assessed for their:
• Relevant subject knowledge and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the age range
• 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
• Potential to work successfully at Master’s level.
Applicants are asked to bring evidence of GCSEs in English and Mathematics (and Science if Primary) with them to interview, along with degree certificates.
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.
How school placements work
Your school-based experience takes place largely in your school, supported by well- trained mentors. 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 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.
Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.
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 Physics 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.
You should have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for applicants who have a passion for teaching and wish to share this with learners 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.
You will 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
Located at the heart of our community, North Liverpool Academy is committed to working with local businesses and residents to be a true community school.
We celebrate our diverse nature and we are nationally renowned for many aspects of our provision, including Student Leadership and Inclusion.
We pride ourselves in being a school that is happy and driven by our core values. Every student is developed as a confident learner and our inclusive curriculum has been structured through strong partnerships locally, nationally and internationally.
The Academy provides a first class education and equips students for 21st century learning – regardless of background or ability. Our curriculum challenges the gifted and talented students as well as providing enhanced teaching for those with special educational and complex learning needs.
Our facilities are vast, tailored to each curriculum area and offer a safe and stimulating learning environment.
School Direct courses at North Liverpool Academy are based on the skills we are looking for in newly qualified teachers.
For the salaried route you'll have the opportunity to earn a salary and train to become a qualified teacher – learning from our experienced teachers. Trainees on salaried programmes are recruited and employed directly by us.
On the unsalaried route you will still have all the same opportunities to develop your skills and to become a highly effective qualified teacher.
You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.
About the accredited body
We work in close Partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), which has a long established reputation for providing high quality Teacher Training, taught at the IMMarsh campus. LJMU are responsible for the PGCE/PGDE Academic Award and your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will attend LJMU for aspects of your programme, which we have designed in collaboration with them.
Training with disabilities and other needs
North Liverpool Academy recognises the needs of disabled people and gives full and proper consideration to disabled people who apply for jobs, having regard to making reasonable adjustments for their particular aptitudes and abilities to allow them to be able to do the job.
Our University partner LJMU is committed to Equality of Opportunity. Their 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.
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 LJMU’s 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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