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Birkenhead North Schools Partnership

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Welcome to Birkenhead North Schools Partnership - Lead School ‘Our Lady and St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School’

About Us

Birkenhead North Schools Partnership is a Strategic Lead Development Partner with Liverpool Hope University. We offer an exciting opportunity to learn to teach locally. The aim of the partnership is to recruit and train high quality aspiring primary school teachers. Our trainees will be given the academic and theoretical underpinning to allow them to become outstanding practitioners within the field of education.

Working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University, we provide our trainees with a strong school-centred postgraduate route into teaching but with the added benefit of studying for 60 credits at Masters level. Our PGCE course enables trainees to gain outstanding and extensive practical experiences and is aimed at high quality graduates who have a real passion for teaching and a desire to inspire the next generation. 

Our home school is Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School.


What are we looking for?

We are seeking individuals who demonstrate and are able to apply the skills of organisation, flexibility, reflection, evaluation and action to all aspects of the course and their career.

Enthusiastic individuals who are able to communicate effectively with pupils, colleagues and parents on a range of levels are essential to our partnership.


Our Courses

Birkenhead North School’s Partnership have been delivering the excellent PGCE 5 -11 route into teaching since 2018. The course develops subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all primary curriculum subjects. This enables our trainees to become confident and effective teachers of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.

New for 2023 - 24 is the PGCE 3 - 7 route into teaching. The course will develop subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in all the primary and Early Years curriculum areas. This enables our trainees to become confident and effective teachers of the early years and Key Stage 1 curriculum.

Both courses are based upon Liverpool Hope’s values of social justice, equity, faith and the belief in the transformational power of education where there is a significant emphasis of developing not only your mental health and well-being but of the pupils which you will teach. 

Our teachers are inclusive, reflective and innovative driven by a strong moral purpose to transform the lives of the pupils they teach and their families. 


School Placements

We organise 120 days of school placement at two of our partner schools including the home school Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School. During this time our trainees receive support and guidance from school-based mentors and learn from experienced teachers in our local area.

Links to our partner school websites:










The Interview

Candidates who are invited to interview will be required to deliver a presentation, complete a maths test and a written English assessment.

This will be followed by a formal interview.

It is recommended that candidates develop their subject knowledge by researching the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1.

Candidates may also wish to develop an awareness of the way in which primary classrooms operate, for example, organisation, teaching techniques, behaviour management and relationships.

Interviews will be conducted by our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) lead, a Headteacher from one of our partner schools and a representative from Liverpool Hope University.


How to Apply

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Our Course Codes

PGCE Primary 5-11    35W6

PGCE Primary 3-7      P792


We strongly recommend an early application as there is a high demand for places.


If you would like any more information regarding this, please contact ITT Lead, Fliss Salisbury on 01516523366 or email [email protected]

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