Our training programme is varied, innovative and inspiring. Through it, our trainees have access to excellent teaching and a variety of experiences in our partner schools. Although we offer different routes to QTS, the core elements of our programmes have been developed over years of experience. Our programmes are highly respected and, as a result of this, in addition to our PGCE routes, we now also offer a BA(Hons) in Primary and Early Years Education with Birmingham City University (see UCAS undergraduate website). ‘Trainers and schools model excellent practice and raise trainees’ awareness, aspirations and ability to emulate this’ Ofsted 2013
You will spend time in school every week, which promotes application of theoretical learning to your classroom practice. Training is front-loaded to the Autumn term, which means more time in school during the Summer term preparing you for being a fully-fledged NQT. Whilst in school, you will observe successful teachers; teach children in small groups up to whole classes; plan and deliver learning to children (with coaching and mentoring from your expert School Based Trainer) and join in with school-led training opportunities.
We assess your skills as teachers by judging your impact on the outcomes for the children you are teaching. You will present information for assessment in written formats, portfolios, presentations and tutorial discussions. All assessments are continuous throughout the year through individual tasks and group projects.
Core Training takes place at our dedicated training centre and in venues across the area. It provides inspirational, hands-on training from safeguarding to subject knowledge; behaviour management to building resilience; well-being to pedagogy, and much more. Training days provide an opportunity to share experiences, while learning from our expert trainers. These sessions provide you with ‘headspace’ and an opportunity to reflect on teaching as well as learning new skills and pedagogies to take back to school.
For the PGCE element of our programme, you will work towards 60 Master-level credits awarded by Birmingham City University. All BCU lectures and seminars are delivered in Milton Keynes by experienced BCU academic staff. The combination of higher level academic study with the hands-on, practical nature of our school-led programme gives you the perfect balance of theory and practice, making for well-rounded, informed and inspirational teachers. The PGCE requires three written assignments, which are assessed and moderated by the team at BCU.