Primary with Mathematics SDKJ

Due to our affiliation with North West Maths Hub 3, we offer a unique Primary with Mathematics School Direct Teacher Training programme for graduates, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Trainee teachers will access our Primary General training with additional training units in mathematics delivered by our Teaching for Mastery specialists, Maths PDLs and SLEs in addition to external experts.

Our School Direct programme will be delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers from our teaching School partnership – Head teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. The majority of the training sessions take place at our training centre at St.Mary and St.Thomas C.E. Primary school and in our Strategic Partner schools. The Primary PGCE taught at LJMU begins with a Summer School at the University, in the final week of August. Trainee teachers will spend some days, Mondays in the first half term and sometimes the occasional full week throughout the year at the University. However, the majority of time is spent in school.

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, training sessions 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. Trainees will also be supported both by North West Learning Partnership and LJMU staff. On placement, they will undertake co-observations of your teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. The LJMU course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete a two-part  essay, reflecting on your developing classroom practice.

School Placements

Trainee teachers will be allocated a 'home' school in our Alliance for one academic year, all of which are outstanding or good. We provide a personalised and supportive training approach and therefore the location of your home school will be taken into consideration. You will have two Teaching Practice blocks in your home school and one in your away school. The away school is a contrasting experience. We aim to allocate placements which are best fit for your development. You will have a school based mentor in both your home and away school who will support your development. You will also receive support and guidance from the School Direct Strategic Lead.

In addition to your 'home' and 'away' school, you also have a day placement in our partner High School, Special Schools and in Foundation Stage. We believe that these placements are important and enhance your training within the Primary Phase.

Entry Requirements

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, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.

* GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification) at application stage.

Applicants with a Maths degree/a degree with Mathematics included in the degree/ A level Maths are welcome to apply for the Primary with Mathematics School Direct training programme.

A bursary is available for candidates with a degree in Mathematics, grade B or above.

Interview Process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview.  Interviews take place at our Lead school, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary or at one of our Strategic Partner schools. There will be at least two representatives from all our partners, including university, on the interview panel. The interview process includes a presentation, observation of a Maths activity with a full class and formal interview. You will also be asked to complete a written English task and a Mathematics task. Prior to the interview, you will be given the year group in which your Maths activity will be delivered.

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. Good Mathematics subject knowledge and a developing knowledge of Primary Mathematics.
  • 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 and 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.

If you are successful, you will also be invited to a welcome meeting in July 2020, where you will meet staff from your 'home' school and the North West Learning Partnership.