School-led partnerships

Working in partnership enriches us all

The School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University has a long-standing tradition of working with lead partners across the region to co-design and co-deliver school-led pathways to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

While LJMU is the accredited provider of QTS and of the PGCE Award, our school-led partners take a lead role in the recruitment and selection of applicants, and in the allocation of their school placements.

Most applicants on these pathways will spend a significant number of days being taught at the University, but in addition, expert staff in their school-led partnerships will contribute to their training. The exception is our partnership with Turton School, where (apart from an induction week in Liverpool) the programme is taught entirely in Bolton. Our partners provide a variety of postgraduate programmes in primary education and all secondary subjects and offer training in both tuition-fee and salaried routes.

Do our lead partners offer the course you are interested in?

Visit the Government’s teacher training website to search for the areas of teaching that interest you and simply enter Liverpool John Moores University as the training provider.

If you find a school-led pathway that matches your aspirations, you can then submit an application through the Government’s Teacher Training portal.

Our lead partners for 2023-24 are:

"Our school Federation has worked with LJMU to deliver school-led teacher training for many years. We enjoy an exceptionally positive working relationship, where good communication, shared values and ethos enables us to give our trainees the most up to date, relevant and enjoyable training experience. Above all LJMU, like our Federation, puts people first, its trainees and its schools. People first creates the best schools of the future with the best staff. This is why we have worked with LJMU and will continue to do so for many years."

Mrs K Brown -
Headteacher, Pensby Primary School

"Working with LJMU has enabled us as a school-led partnership to develop unique ITT programmes in response to both trainees' and schools' specific needs. LJMU is a partnership which supports both our aims and our trainees well. We are proud of the ITT programmes we have developed and look forward to continuing to develop innovative, supportive, and highly effective training for tomorrow's teachers."

Katie Smith -
School Direct Strategic Lead, North West Learning Partnership

"When we set up our School Direct programme we wanted to work with a university partner who shared and supported our aims of working creatively and flexibly, to provide the highest quality training. We found exactly what we wanted in the team at LJMU. Collaboration is a shared value and together we have designed and delivered a ‘first of a kind’ teacher training programme for Bolton. This route and this programme have proven to be an excellent way for schools in Bolton and across the North West, to work together to identify and grow talented teachers. We are proud of our partnership and excited to see what the future holds."

Jo Parr -
Programme Director School Direct at Turton