Programme overview

Our programme commences at the beginning of September. Trainees join their 'home' schools at the beginning of term, undertaking induction activities in the first week, before attending LJMU induction activities, giving trainees everything they need to be able to begin preparing and delivering lessons in the classroom. 

Trainees are based in their home schools from Monday to Thursday and follow a Professional Studies Programme on Fridays (predominantly at the TLA training centre at Knutsford Academy). The programme comprises four days class contact, with one professional training day each week, all of which take place in the school setting.  The programme covers all the knowledge and understanding trainees need to prepare for a successful career in teaching.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provides an in-depth training programme, focused on delivering the skills, knowledge and attributes needed when embarking on your teaching career. Our training and professional studies programmes has been mapped against the new ITT Core Content Framework and focuses on meeting the Teaching Standards and gaining participants Qualified Teacher Status.

Practising School Leaders give an insight into day to day life in a school with key note talks on safeguarding, managing data, managing behaviour, making successful job applications, and supporting Vulnerable Students.

LJMU colleagues provide key lectures on key educational theories and pedagogical research and provide context for assignments. Our post graduate programme supports the development of a high degree of:

  • Critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
  • Reflective practice linked to professional development
  • Practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • Deep understanding and application of subject knowledge


Trainees are assigned to one of the schools in the Partnership as a Home School to undertake a teaching placement. A short, alternate placement is offered later in the year, between January and March.