The programme is one-year, full-time course from September until July and is delivered within the term dates of the schools within the Alliance. The majority of the programme is delivered in school, through school-based placements in our alliance schools. The academic elements of the programme are delivered by Newman University, from whom we purchase the most extensive School Direct programme that they offer. Additional, relevant training is provided by current, experienced practitioners during the placements by our alliance schools.
You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. The curriculum structure for the PGCE School Direct programme is underpinned by the ITT Core Content Framework (CCF). The aims of the CCF have been embedded into a Continuous Monitoring Framework (CMF) which outlines key aims for each stage. Our course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of Newman University tutors.
You will benefit from regular University tutor visits and training at Newman University, focused on pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing. Our partnership with Newman University will support you in completing Masters Level assignments leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) These assignments show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. You will also be invited to undertake subject audits in English, Maths and Science. Assessment of the PGCE programme combines course assignments and professional practice in school, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.
It is desirable that you have undertaken some school experience, or plan to do so before the course commences.
Placements in two wonderful schools within Bournville Alliance
Trainees are supported to teach an increasing percentage of the curriculum over the year
Full postgraduate PGCE award including 60 credits at Master’s level
Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, school colleagues and staff
Regular university tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development
Across three terms, you will be placed at two different schools. The autumn term will be spent at your first placement school, returning there for the second half of the spring term and the whole of the summer term. The first half of the spring term is where you will spend your second placement and this will be in a different year group - in most cases a different key stage, too. This will give you a more rounded experience and increase your chances of employment.
Partner schools are selected because we work closely with them on various matters aside from teacher training and we know the standard of teaching is high. In school, you will be based with an experienced class teacher and will benefit from a school-based tutor who, in most cases, is a member of the school’s senior leadership team.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Al-Furqan Primary School
Reddings Lane, Tyseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 3EY
Bournville Village Primary School
Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1JY
St Francis Church of England Primary School
Teazel Avenue, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1LZ
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
Equivalency tests for GCSE English language, mathematics and science are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Hallmarks of Bournville Village Primary School trainees who have gone on to become successful teachers are:
Coachable (you are willing to act on advice)
If you studied outside of the UK, you will need to visit NARIC www.naric.com as you will need a certificate of proof for equivalence
Although it will not affect your application, we would recommend spending some time in a school.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Bournville Village Primary School has a proven track record of effectively supporting trainees to become effective practitioners. Over the years, almost 100% of our School Direct trainee cohorts have secured permanent posts by the end of their training, often within our Alliance schools. Moreover, every trainee employed has flourished and is still teaching.
The feedback from our trainees is always extremely positive and complementary. As a trainee, you will be working with a highly skilled, but also caring and supportive team within a school who will do everything they can for you to succeed. You will be allocated an experienced school-based mentor who will support you during the programme. In addition, there will be opportunities to participate fully in the wider aspects of school life. A hallmark of the success of our trainees is their ability to work collegiately by sharing experiences and offering mutual support.
Our partner schools across the Bournville alliance reflect the diverse nature of education in Birmingham, ensuring your placements are varied and increase your chances of finding the school that is right for you.
Should you be invited for interview, it will be held at a school within Bournville Alliance (not necessarily the school you will be placed in). Covid restrictions may mean that the interview is held virtually.
You will be asked to deliver (or present virtually) a 10-minute learning activity with a small group of children . You will be briefed ahead on this e.g. A reading-based task to six year three children.
A panel consisting of representatives from Bournville Alliance Schools and from Newman University will interview you. Amongst others, questions will be about your views on education, why you want to train to be a teacher and your expectations about the course.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course.
If you are successful and accept a place, you will have the chance to meet other Schools Direct trainees to gain a greater understanding of becoming a trainee.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are experienced in supporting trainees with dyslexia and those with mental health and well-being concerns. Rather than applying a generic process to supporting trainees, our first step is to listen to the specific needs of each individual and tailor support accordingly. For example, an experienced member of our team has worked with an excellent trainee with dyslexia to develop strategies for ensuring lesson resources would avoid errors.
Linden Road Bournville Birmingham West Midlands B30 1JY
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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