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Schools’ Provider Selection Tool

Introduction to the provider
Merseyside, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium.

We are a specialist Employment Based Initial Teacher Training provider.

Formerly known as The Merseyside and Cheshire Graduate Teacher Programme Consortium the provision has been in existence since 2002 when it was awarded accredited provider status by the TDA as an employment based initial teacher trainer. Since then the Consortium has worked in close partnership with over three hundred schools, two local HEI’s; Liverpool Hope and Liverpool John Moores, all the local authorities across Merseyside and Cheshire, to recruit and train over 600 high quality Primary and Secondary teachers. The Consortium is proud of the high employment and retention rates of its trainees.

With the demise of the Graduate Teacher Programme has come a change in name to The Merseyside, Cheshire, and Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium, and the award of charitable status. The trustees of the Consortium are committed to enhance and extend even further the existing partnerships that Ofsted identified recognised as a real strength in its most recent report (March 2012)

The Consortium sees its future working alongside schools on the School Direct Salaried Route supporting them as they train the kind of teachers they want to employ.

In addition the Consortium will continue to widen partnership opportunities with those schools that want to fund employment based teacher training from their own budgets via the School/Self Funded route, and also with schools in the Independent Sector.

The Consortium will also offer the Assessment Only Programme for those colleagues who already have substantial teaching experience.

Location and existing partnerships
The Consortium has an administrative office at The Heath Business & Technical Park in Runcorn which is well situated to serve all school partners across Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester, as well as other parts of the North West.

Our taught programme is delivered by specialists at the excellent conference facilities at The Heath Business & Technical Park and by a number of partner Primary and Secondary Schools.

The Consortium has worked with over 600 schools throughout the North West.

Courses available

  • School Direct – Salaried Route to Qualified Teacher Status, Primary
  • School/Self Funded Employment based route to Qualified Teacher Status in Primary
  • Assessment Only Programme in Primary and Secondary (any subject)
  • The Consortium although now independent of any HEI can access Masters Module opportunities for trainees.

    Finance
    The current Consortium fee for Employment Based ITT is £5,400.00 per trainee. This fee includes all recruitment processes and quality assurance support leading to the trainee gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

    For schools outside a 60-mile radius of Runcorn, this fee may increase.

    For information about the Assessment Only fee, click here.

    Trainee support
    The Consortium works closely with schools to recruit the trainees they need. Once schools have been allocated their places for the year and applications begin to be received via the UCAS application portal the Consortium will undertake basic administrative checks, and forward those that fulfil the ITT criteria and the agreed School/Consortium criteria on to schools for consideration and potential short listing for interview.

    Interviews are usually held in lead schools with the selection panel made up of both School and Consortium colleagues.

    On occasions where several strong candidates have been identified by the partnership a school may introduce an additional layer to the recruitment process.

    Trainees that have been successful undergo an extensive two part induction programme run first by the Consortium, and then within their lead school.

    There is an extensive taught programme that is organised in consultation with schools that the Consortium facilitates and all trainees are required to attend.

    Academic and pastoral support for trainees is provided by a team of Quality Assurance Tutors who have subject specific or phase specific experience and who are in regular contact with their trainees and visit trainees in school.

    Frequent opportunities are arranged for trainees to network with each other and engage in peer support activities and in addition the Consortium’s Training Manager and Administrator are readily accessible and provide ongoing support to both trainees and schools on all aspects of the programme.

    There is a system in place to help with the early identification of, and support for, trainees who may be encountering difficulties. Additional visits are available from Consortium colleagues and there is access to specific pastoral and academic expertise if needed.

    Provider colleagues come from a wide range of school and teacher training backgrounds. Some are currently teaching in schools, others working in HEI’s and all have extensive experience in their particular field, phase or subject.

    School support and involvement
    The Consortium’s relationship with schools is founded on a comprehensive partnership agreement which is based on shared values and goals and clearly outlines all roles and responsibilities. Schools are represented extensively on the Consortium’s Management group and on the Board of Trustees, and make a key contribution to the design of the course along with content, structure and procedures.

    A series of training sessions for school staff working with trainees is an integral part of the training year and covers all aspects of the school’s role in programme.

    It is colleagues in schools that identify when trainees are ready for final assessment, having been an integral part of all the stages of review of their trainee’s progress.

    The Consortium has a well established and effective administrative base that is experienced in, and happy to take on, all aspects of support for schools that are providing employment based teacher training.

    Summary
    The MC & GM TT Consortium is an established and experienced provider of School Based Initial Teacher Training.

    We have worked with many schools throughout the North West to develop excellent teachers who have built our reputation and enhanced the quality of teaching within our school partners.

    Although we work within a solid QA framework, our programme is flexible to the needs of the individual, and can be modified to suit most circumstances.

    Our recruitment criteria means we select only the best candidates, and our experienced team of Quality Assurance Tutors ensure that a trainee makes strong and steady progress to achieving QTS. Our QATs are sufficiently experienced to spot any potential problem before it develops and can implement and support intervention.

    Our quality assurance framework ensures that a successful trainee can be awarded QTS with confidence, and becomes a valuable asset to any school in their next role of Newly Qualified Teacher.

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