Kids in classroom

Our graduates are prepared for the challenges of the classroom

At the School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning we are committed to providing high quality teacher education across Merseyside, working in collaborative partnership to prepare a workforce well equipped to benefit learners in the region’s schools and colleges.

We aim to develop teachers who are socially aware, reflective practitioners, able to use and engage with research to impact on the achievement of young people at all levels.

LJMU is well organised and forward thinking. The staff and resources are second to none and the support I received during my teacher training was exceptional. This has allowed me to develop quickly in my career.

Sara Williams - one of our School Direct Salaried teacher trainers, is now the Curriculum Co-ordinator and a Teacher of English at the North Liverpool Academy 

Satisfied students

94% of our newly qualified primary teachers rate their overall satisfaction with their training as very good or good (compared to 90% in the sector)

97% of our newly qualified secondary teachers rate their preparation to safeguard children and ensure e-safety as very good or good (that’s 16% higher than average in the sector)

Our graduates progress in teaching

The employment rates for our graduates are high and especially in primary and early years:

  • 91% of our early years graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation, compared to 86% in the sector
  • 85% of our primary graduates are in work within 6 months of completing their course compared to 83% in the sector

Secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects also demonstrate strong employment rates:

  • 95% of our mathematics teachers find employment – that’s 6% above the sector average
  • Our teachers of design and technology enjoy an outstanding 100% employment rate (the sector average is 89%)

We believe that it is important to maintain strong links with our alumni as they enter their first years in the profession and to continue to provide support their development. We are doing this through the development of professional support and accredited programmes for NQTs and RQTs.

Find out more about our work to support newly qualified teachers.

An Initial Teacher Training Partnership that works

The LJMU ITT Partnership is making great strides in redefining the contribution of schools to its initial teacher training programmes. We engage schools at all levels from strategic planning to programme development and the selection of trainees. 

We provide high quality support for school based training due to our strong relationships and support for mentors in schools. 

Find out more about our ITT Partnership work and how your school might benefit from joining us.

Building a strong profession

Teacher training is a dynamic and challenging discipline. We offer a variety of opportunities for teachers and school leaders to define and extend their skills through practice based professional learning programmes.

Our Masters programmes offer the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills through study that is closely linked to the school and classroom. We are able to tailor programmes to partner’s specific needs with delivery of both Masters level programmes and shorter courses on school premises.

Find out more about the Professional Development Programmes we offer.

Research that addresses the ever-changing needs of schools

Teacher training is a dynamic and challenging discipline. Being on top of the changes to the education sector is where our research interests and activities lie. In our Centre for Educational Research we focus on the areas of:

  • Practice based Professional Learning
  • Research in Educational Technology
  • Sport, Outdoor Education and Body Pedagogy
  • Social Inclusion

Find out more about the research we’re involved in.