BTSA is an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Every member of the Alliance has a track record of being totally committed to delivering on this National College priority area.
Why choose BTSA?
- A strong, well established partnership
- A successful track record
- An employment record well above the national success rate
- In partnership with The University of Derby – an outstanding provider for ITT
- Opportunities for varied placements in great schools
- A unique opportunity for an enhanced international placement in Holland
- A wide range of experts to provide practical help and support
- Excellent track record of trainees rated as good or outstanding and securing NQT posts following completion of the programme
The School Direct teacher training route is led by BTSA, working in partnership with local schools and The University of Derby. You have the option to choose a route that matches your career aspirations - choose Early Years (3-7), Primary (5-11) or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which encompasses either Early Years (3-7) or Primary (5-11). As well as Qualified Teacher Status, you will also gain a PGCE equivalent to a third of a master’s degree with The University of Derby upon completion of the programme.
Away from the classroom, you’ll receive practical training sessions from Specialist Leaders of Education, experienced teachers and the team at BTSA. These training sessions will take place at the BTSA hub located in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The University of Derby will also lead sessions to support your academic development; these sessions will take place at the university site in Derby.
How are you assessed?
All assessments relate to your school placements; you will complete three assessed teaching placements, two in your main school and one in a second school, and additional enhanced school opportunities which will provide you with the challenging and varied experiences you need. There will be in-depth teacher enquiry on school-based issues. There are a variety of assessment modes which you will encounter e.g. presentation, academic poster, essay.
You'll also have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss your developing subject knowledge of the core and wider curriculum subjects, as well as developing your skills in research-informed practice.