Teacher Education and Professional Learning
Comprising Teacher Education, Education and Early Childhood Studies and The Centre for Education Research and Evaluation Services (CERES), LJMU’s School of Education provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to inspire learning and enrich communities.
The School’s dynamic and diverse team of academics are committed to collaborating with various partners to investigate and enhance the educational experiences of individuals, families and communities, in a wide range of settings. Our partners include:
- early, further and higher education providers
- voluntary, public and private sector organisations
We offer a high quality research and teaching environment in which to analyse the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological context of educational theory and practice.
Initial Teacher Training
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at LJMU provides the skills and confidence to inspire and motivate learners. Our programmes are designed to develop reflective practitioners who can apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact the development and achievement of young people in our schools.
We deliver innovative approaches to initial teacher education, working with primary, secondary and other education providers across the North West of England and beyond. Each year we receive outstanding feedback from our students, with 92% rating our teacher training as good or very good.
Our longstanding links with local authorities, schools and professional subject associations enable our students to gain a variety of professional experience and forge useful contacts within the sector. Our partners provide vital insights into current practice, enhancing our ongoing research and consultancy work.
The practical components of our teacher training are closely linked to the University-taught elements. This enables students to reflect on their professional development and build strategies to improve their teaching skills.
LJMU is one of a small number of universities offering the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Like the traditional Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the PGDE leads to Qualified Teacher Status, however, it also incorporates 120 credits at masters-level, based on assessments closely linked to classroom practice.
The PGDE can be completed over the same time frame as a PGCE, for the same cost. As the course has more credits than a PGCE, graduates can go on to complete a full masters degree (MA/MSc) while working as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).
We also work with partner school to offer a wide range of PGCE and PGDE courses through School Direct.
Masters programmes for educators
Our Masters programmes are designed to make study relevant to your professional requirements, impacting the learning outcomes of young people and the leadership and effectiveness of your teams.
You will develop an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research. Our blended learning approach ensures you can study at a time to suit you. All modules are supported by online study resources and individual guidance is available in person or online.
Assessments are linked to professional practice and include the completion of reports, small scale research projects, critical reflections on policy, practice and the impact of the programme on you, your school and its learners.
Founded in 2004, the Centre for Educational Research (CERES) has an extensive record of conducting research that has been influential locally, nationally and internationally. It conducts research and evaluation across all sectors of education and in activities concerned with learning outside the traditional boundaries of institutions. Areas of expertise include:
- children’s learning and development
- research in educational technology
- workplace and professional learning
- school leadership and management
- sport, outdoor education and body pedagogy
- STEM education
- theory and politics of education.
Current projects include:
- The acquisition of literacy skills through gamification principles
This project puts the critical role of libraries and digital information resources at the heart of curriculum enhancement in terms of study skills, lifelong learning skills and student employability.
- Anthrozoology in Early Childhood Education
This project considers how young children learn about animals, the perspectives of early educators regarding animal-related learning, the teaching of animal-related themes in early childhood and the issues associated with child-animal interactions.
- Early Years Hubs Research
Initiated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), staff have worked with Everton Nursery School and Family Centre to research models of local early years improvement networks. Research findings have been shared nationally.
On-campus teaching in the School of Education takes place at IM Marsh, just a few miles outside Liverpool city centre, in the leafy suburb of Aigburth. The campus has:
- independent study spaces with IT facilities
- a library with relevant resources and study spaces (open 8am–11pm)
- a cafeteria and shop
- a fitness room
- access to student welfare and support.
You will also be able to use the full range of facilities in the City Centre Campus, including the Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries, which are open 24 hours a day in term time.
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