Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

School Direct Initial Teacher Training (salaried) with QTS

Take the Salaried School Direct route into teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status for primary or secondary level. This school-centric programme funds your teacher training and pays a salary.

As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you will be employed in a school while you train and will receive a salary from your school (the amount paid is linked to the unqualified teacher pay scale which may be enhanced by schools for some subject areas). The school will also cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher.

This programme is open to graduates with three years' work experience post graduation. Schools can, however, choose to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high-quality applicants in hard-to-fill subjects, such as Mathematics and Physics. This route is ideal if you are considering a career change.

School Direct is offered via a series of school consortia. Each consortium has a Lead School, which works in partnership with LJMU to develop their training programme. While all of the training is based on a framework agreed with the University, each School Direct programme is unique and you are advised to check full details of training and requirements on the Lead School’s web pages and on their UCAS Teacher Training profiles.

Applications for salaried School Direct places for Primary and Secondary teaching are made to Lead Schools via UCAS. The interview and selection process is conducted by school staff in association with LJMU.

Entry requirements

Applications are made through UCAS to the Lead School. Each applicant will be considered in consultation with an LJMU admissions tutor and may be asked to attend a selection event in school.

Selection is based on performance in teaching and written tasks and interviews which may involve the school’s learners. The selection process will involve the schools’ teachers and senior leaders as well as LJMU tutors.

Normally you will need:

  • a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1)
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths (and in a science subject for Primary programmes)
  • a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Primary or Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • three years' employment experience since graduation (may be less for some subjects such as Physics or Mathematics)

Course modules

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 at the end of August and some weekly campus sessions. Some sessions may be delivered by and in Partner schools.

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 regularly 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 your school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

A range of secondary subjects are available for salaried School Direct programmes Primary Education is also available.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used during the course including: critical reflections on practice, literature review, small scale research projects and design and analysis of learning experiences.

During your training, you will monitor your progression towards achieving Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will need to maintain an appropriate professional development portfolio to support this.

A final assessment will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
QTS Award Full-time - 1 years

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Key information

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0151 231 5090