Primary Salaried PGCE with QTS 3BFS

North West Learning Partnership offer the salaried route into teaching in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU),and is aimed at applicants with prior experience. This normally involves previous employment in a school setting. Applicants for this employment-based route should apply with the support of a school who is willing to employ them as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the programme which is one academic year. North West Learning Partnership in partnership with LJMU will provide the training. You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate with Masters credits, alongside Qualified Teacher Status.

This salaried training programme is unique as you will benefit from training sessions delivered by outstanding and specialised trainers from our Teaching School partnership – Headteachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, experienced consultants and outstanding practitioners who are still involved in teaching. The NWLP element of the training takes place in our Strategic Partner Schools and venues with easy access in the North West. We offer a unique and personalised approach to your training sessions, which facilitate your development. The PGCE element of the training is assessed through 2 modules with LJMU. 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. The PGCE element will be taught by experienced and friendly staff from LJMU and you will join a community of students for University-based sessions.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. You will be supported in meeting this target by your Professional Mentor in school. The Strategic Lead of the School Direct programme and LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure this school-based training.

As a Salaried School Direct trainee, you may be expected to teach up to 90% of a teacher timetable and be responsible for the planning, teaching and assessment of your class(es) from early on in the year. Trainees on the salaried programme are selected and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training. Applications for the training delivered by NWLP School Direct and LJMU should be made through UCAS using provider code 13N, programme code 3BFS.

School Placements

Your school-based experience takes place largely in your employing school, supported by well- trained Professional Mentors. The Strategic Lead from North West Learning Partnership and 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 Professional Mentor, to progress meetings with the Strategic Lead 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 2 weeks in a contrasting school. This placement will be provided by one of the schools within our partnership which are all Outstanding or Good.

Additional experiences are also often provided for instance through visits to Special Schools, Secondary Schools and Foundation Stage. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.

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 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

Interview Process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event.

The selection process involves participation in a presentation, a written literacy task, and an individual interview with representation from North West Learning Partnership, LJMU and the Head Teacher who has expressed an interest to employ you for one academic year as a non qualified teacher. 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.

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • 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.


Contact Kathy Carman prior to making an application. 

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