Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

School Direct Secondary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

Take the School Direct route into secondary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience. Bursaries are available on the programme, depending on your degree classification and subject area.

Training includes substantial time spent in school and involves significant training organised and provided by outstanding teachers.

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.

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

An element of your School Direct training will be university-based, provided over several weeks and leading to a postgraduate award with Qualified Teacher Status – either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Education (PGCE or PGDE), depending on your consortium.

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
  • 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 Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

Course modules

Although you will spend the majority of time in school, the School Direct Programmes at LJMU include University-based training sessions which take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school at the end of August, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days or full weeks of training. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School. Two of our School Direct programmes at Knutsford and Turton are delivered off site at the schools by LJMU staff. Trainees on these programmes are still expected to attend the Summer 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 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.

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.

Fees

Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still awaiting final confirmation.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
In school
IM Marsh campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090