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  • Course Duration

    Full Time (1 year)

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  • Last Updated

    24 November 2016

Course content

Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.

-Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
-Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
-Learn from expert teachers
-Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of Merseyside’s excellent schools

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.
Although you will spend the majority of your time in school there are university-based training sessions at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days towards the end of the course. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School.

As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.

This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Your personal tutor will meet with you formally six times a year to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

The following programmes are available for School Direct Primary (tuition fee):

Primary - General (5-11 age range)
Primary - Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Early Years)
Primary with Mathematics specialism (A bursary is available for this route. Please see Get into Teaching for further details)
Primary with Physical Education specialism
LJMU has Primary School Direct partnerships with:

CAPITAL Teaching School Alliance, Sefton​
Church Drive Primary School, Wirral
Longford Park School, Manchester
Matthew Arnold Primary School, Liverpool
Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton
Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School, Wirral​
Palmerston School, Liverpool
Pensby Primary School, Wirral
Prenton Primary School​
Weatherhead High School, Wirral
Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance (Tarporley High School)​, Cheshire​
Knutsford High School, Knutsford
Turton High School, Bolton
Fazakerley High School, Liverpool
The Heath School, Runcorn
The University-element of the programme is based around set areas of study
School Direct (Tuition fee) PGCE students will study:

Developing Reflective Professional Practice
Learning Teaching and Assessment in the Primary Core Curriculum
Pedagogy in the Foundation Subjects OR Pedagogy in Mathematics OR Pedagogy in Physical Education OR Pedagogy in the Foundation Stage
School Direct (Tuition fee) PGDE students will also study:

Pedagogy in Practice
Professional Practice

Further guidance

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.

Visit the School Direct Primary Initial Teacher Training with QTS page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!






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