Working with over 200 schools and colleges
We have a well-established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to initial teacher education based on our partnerships with over 200 primary and secondary schools and colleges throughout Merseyside and the North West. We value the key role that schools play in the Partnership.
Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Strategic Development Board involves school leaders in helping to frame our response to the national agenda, and in ensuring that strategic decisions take account of schools’ views and needs. The following schools are currently represented on this board:
At an operational level the Primary and Secondary Partnership Committees meet termly and give representation to ITT mentors from schools in decisions affecting programme recruitment, design and delivery. These committees are chaired by representatives from schools:
- Primary Undergraduate Committee Chair – David Delaney, Christ the King Catholic Primary School
- Primary Postgraduate Committee Chair – Julie Millican, St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School
- Secondary Committee Chair – Sophia Kokosalakis, Fazakerley High School
Through these partnership initiatives strong relationships are emerging between our teacher education team and our partners which positively impacts on the quality of the training experience and outcomes for all trainees.
Our mentors feel very well equipped to work with trainees. This is based on excellent communication at all levels from administration, training, support and liaison work. There is a mutual understanding that if any issues arise they will be dealt with promptly, professionally and fairly to overcome any barriers that could hinder the development of trainees. The advantages of engaging in ITT training are reciprocal; the university has access to quality placements for its trainees whilst the school benefits from the professional development of its teachers in working with trainees to achieve QTS.
OfSTED inspection findings
Following an OfSTED inspection in March 2012, our primary and secondary provision received an overall effectiveness grade of 2 (good) with outstanding performance in trainee’s attainment, recruitment/selection arrangements, and promotion of equality and opportunity.
We have been working with students for LJMU for many years and always found the relationship to be a positive and rewarding one. Students have often said that they have been ‘well supported’ and ‘enjoyed the experience of working in a diverse school’. Having students not only enables us to support and develop the next generation of teachers but also helps evaluate and improve our own practice. Students also provide valuable contributions to school life through fresh eyes, exciting ideas and areas of expertise.
Join the Partnership
We are keen to welcome more schools to join in these exciting developments and require only that they show commitment to helping our beginning teachers be the best they can be. To find out more about how our Partnership works, download the following brochures:
Also, to find out the roles and responsibilities of partners, view the Partnership Agreement Handbook.