The PGDE General Primary (5-11) course at MAITT is offered in collaboration with LJMU. It is taught by experienced and friendly staff who have been successful teachers and continue to maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at IM Marsh campus for University – based sessions, which begin with a Summer School during the last week of August 2019.

Our trainee teachers usually spend Monday at University and receive subject knowledge and professional study sessions on Friday at MAITT’s training centre. The other 3 days are based in school. As the programme progresses the amount of time spent in school increases, with up to 80% teaching commitment. Throughout the year students return to University for additional full training weeks, however, the majority of time (at least 120 days) is spent developing teaching skills in one of our partnership schools.

The Primary programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects, so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident teacher of the 5-11 age range. In addition, lead lectures and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.

In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.

The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed through 4 modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.

Entry Requirements


You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with

Interview process

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection event at one of our partnership schools.

The selection process involves a 20 minute mini lesson to small group of children, a written literacy task and an individual interview with members of MAITT. Details to support preparation for the event are sent to successful applicants along with an invitation to attend. Our selection and interview procedure will also give applicants further information about our programme and provide an opportunity to meet our friendly staff team.

An applicant’s performance in each part of the selection process is assessed and a final decision is made, based on a judgement of performance across the day. Applicants are normally informed of decisions within 24 hours.

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • Relevant subject knowledge for Primary teaching and their interest in and enthusiasm for teaching the 5-11 age range
  • Ability to successfully engage learners and to make learning exciting and meaningful to children in a range of contexts
  • Commitment to supporting learners, including in areas of challenging social context
  • Enthusiasm, energy and resilience and ability to work with others in teams
  • Potential to work successfully at Master’s level.

Applicants are asked to bring their original Maths, English & Science GCSE certificate and  Degree cetificate.

How school placements work

Your school-based experience takes place in a Home School, supported by experienced, well-trained mentors. A long term placement in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and are a recognised and valued member of the school team. A liaison tutor from LJMU is assigned to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly to support both trainees and their mentors.

In addition to a Home School placement you will also undertake a 6 week alternative placement. You have the opportunity to develop your skills in a different Key Stage and contrasting setting. When required school experienced is further enhanced by visits to different schools to experience a range of contexts.

MAITT hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to meet Partnership Schools, this supports us in matching you with a placement school which allows you to thrive and develop your ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner. Matching day has proven to be very successful in placing our trainee teachers in their placements.

You are supported through a weekly review/feedback meeting with your mentor and regular support from your Liaison Tutor. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally. Relationships are very close and constructive.

We work with schools across a number of North West local authorities; these include a diverse range of settings. Our MAITT family of schools is committed to trainee teacher development and to the Partnership with the University. Mentor training and development events hosted both at MAITT/LJMU ensure our experienced mentors understand our expectations and are committed to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.

School experience is structured in Phases, this begins with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence. You will take on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.

Apply for the School Direct Training Programme (tuition) route, . Further information is available here: