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Section A: General Information

The Training Model

At Liverpool John Moores University the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies offers opportunities for trainees to become qualified teachers in the Primary and Secondary sectors including through a variety of School Direct routes.

Our ambitious curriculum training model is thoughtfully constructed and sequenced, to ensure that programmes achieve an appropriate and timely balance of research-informed and practice-informed content, ensuring that our ITE curriculum is both intellectually challenging and rigorously practical. Carefully scaffolded learning enables trainees to develop their professional confidence, informed by evidence, which is further developed through skilful mentoring from expert colleagues. Our ambition is to develop very effective teachers, with strong subject knowledge and the ability to build positive relationships, who will have a significant impact on pupils’ learning and development, and who are highly committed to the success of all the schools and communities within which they work.

The curriculum for all LJMU student teachers includes the entitlement set out in the ITT Core Content Framework. As their final end point assessment for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) all are working towards achieving competence in the DfE Teachers’ Standards. All programmes comply fully with the requirements of the DfE’s ITT criteria.

It is unrealistic for student teachers in the early stages of their programmes, to address all of the complex knowledge and practice involved in teaching. We know that trainees need time to develop. All LJMU ITE Programmes operate a ‘phased’ approach to curriculum design and placement experience.

The Phases are:

  • Phase 1: Orientation and Beginning Teaching and Learning.
  • Phase 2: Consolidating and Developing Teaching and Learning.
  • Phase 3: Extending Teaching and Learning leading to Qualifying to Teach.

It is to be expected that trainees will only demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards in full during Phase 3.

Phases of Training