THIS IS OUR POSTGRADUATE TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP PRIMARY (5-11) QTS ONLY PROGRAMME FOR POSTGRADUATE TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP PRIMARY (3-7) QTS ONLY, SEE A965
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 we 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. All Apprenticeships are subject to an End Point Assessment which will take place in Term 4 of your training - this will be in the autumn term of your NQT year. (QTS will already have been awarded in the summer in line with our other courses).
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.
This programme is a Postgraduate QTS only programme. If you are wanting to do the PGCE element (60 credits of a Masters), you need to discuss this with us if you are shortlisted for interview.
All our Partnership schools are selected on the basis of their effectiveness and expertise. The Partnership thrives because of the active role that schools take in the design and delivery of the programme and because of their commitment to training teachers in their schools.
Our partnership includes a range of schools including large urban schools; those in areas of social deprivation; village schools and faith schools. ‘Outstanding use of the considerable expertise in partnership schools provides trainees and NQTs with consistently high-quality training, for the whole group and at individual level’ Ofsted 2013
Our schools are mainly in Milton Keynes and its surrounding areas, but we work with other schools in Northants, Beds and Bucks where the headteachers are willing to fund the Apprenticeship route, so if you are currently working in those areas, you can talk to us about this in your interview. We will need to quality assure the school that is providing you with your financial backing.
You can train for either Early Years (age 3-7) or General Primary (age 5-11). You will be immersed in the school from the outset, meaning that you ‘live and breathe’ real-life teaching and become a valued member of the school team. You will spend most of the year in your ‘home school’, with a 6 week placement in an alternative school and alternative key stage, as well as a short time in a special school. Your School-Based Trainer will mentor you during the year, which means your programme is bespoke to you, resulting in you being the best teacher you can be!
An undergraduate degree, 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.
We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves, but do accept from a number of providers. Please note, if you are applying for an Apprenticeship route, equivalency tests are not accepted, you must study for functional skills tests instead.
The most important personal quality for teaching is wanting to create opportunities for young people to learn new skills and develop their understanding of the world. Successful teachers co-operate, collaborate and work on their own initiative. The ability to make good, professional relationships with children is paramount to being a successful teacher and we value the individuality of our trainees. It is important that you have thought about training to teach and found out what the role of a primary teacher involves. You may have visited or worked in schools, this is not a requirement although it is helpful.
Many salaried apprentices have already had experience in a school as a Teaching Assistant. It is important that you understand that a salaried route has whole class teaching expectations inherent with it from the outset, so is, by and large, only offered where an applicant is deemed at interview to be suitable for fulfilling this role.
The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship route requires your supporting to school to pay you as an Unqualified Teacher for the duration of the training period (which includes the End Point Assessment in the Autumn Term FOLLOWING the award of QTS). Your supporting school will also be responsible for paying the cost of your course fees, by drawing funds down from their Apprenticeship Levy.
Please be aware that the expectations of the Apprentice route are different from the tuition fee route, where trainees are in a supernumerary role and are supported/mentored in class by an experienced class teacher. Apprentices, on the other hand, will usually be required to hold solo class teaching responsibilities from the outset of the programme, which means that headteachers will often only support applicants already known to them where they are aware of an applicant’s abilities to sustain the teaching responsibilities alongside training.
The Apprenticeship route (paid for by the Apprenticeship Levy) only leads to the award of QTS, applicants can have the option to study for the PGCE element at their own personal cost, but because of the class teaching responsibilities, we usually recommend that the PGCE is taken as a “bolt on” during the ECT years.
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About the training provider
“Not all superheroes wear capes, some teach!”
At Two Mile Ash Initial Teacher Training Partnership, we believe in pursuing superhero status for you during your journey to QTS. We don’t generally provide capes, but we do provide outstanding training opportunities with our growing partnership of committed schools and colleagues. Our 100% employment rate for the past 6 years demonstrates the success of our training and we have alumni who are now mentors, trainers and Head Teachers. ‘The high quality of trainees, who demonstrate very high aspirations, develop quickly into good and outstanding teachers, and who often move on to leadership roles’ Ofsted, 2013.
As the most established primary (including EYFS and SEND) teacher training provider in Milton Keynes, we have 18 years’ experience in leading initial teacher training and have provided the region with hundreds of primary teachers. Being part of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, we provide CPD for teachers throughout their career, which gives our ITT team added expertise to bring to your training journey.
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate SCITT, School Direct, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships and Assessment Only pathways. We also validate QTS for other providers in the area and are delighted to work with the well-respected Birmingham City University for both our PGCE and our trail-blazing, school-based undergraduate route.
We have a dedicated training space, where we have study facilities available every day during term time. We are pleased to provide you with a laptop to use during your training course.
We enjoy interviewing prospective teachers and discovering with you whether you are suited to teacher training and how our programme would work for you and your learning styles. The interviews are usually conducted by a member of the Initial Teacher Training team and a Head Teacher/Deputy Headteacher from one of our Partnership schools.
Our interview process was adapted for the 2021 cycle to ensure COVID-safe practice and was conducted virtually. For 2022, our decision about whether to interview remotely or in person will be reconsidered in the light of national and local guidance at the time and when you are invited to interview, full details will be shared at that point.
Please don’t worry about the interviews – we want to work with you to understand your motivations for teaching and are looking to see if you have the potential to train to teach – you don’t already have to be able to teach!
Remember, learning to teach is a journey and you can be really successful from whatever starting point you have, whether you are a Teaching Assistant who has been in school for many years or someone with very little classroom experience. Our interview process is designed to explore that with you.
As this is a salaried apprenticeship route, which inherently has expectations of solo classroom teaching from the outset, the interview will reflect this extra expectation and applicants will need to demonstrate that they have the classroom experience and personal qualities to undertake this programme.
You’ll need the right to work 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
Our course is accessible to anyone with a disability, provided they meet the ‘Health and physical capacity to train to teach’ requirements, which are assessed by a reputable Occupational Health Service. Our training room is accessible to people with a physical disability and there is a lift in the training centre to avoid the use of stairs, if necessary. Some of our schools are more accessible than others to those with a disability and this would be considered, as necessary, when deciding which schools to place you in. We use electronic portfolios of documents and this has supported applicants in the past with dyslexia. Dyslexic applicants still have to meet the course entry requirements, including assessment of your fundamental English and Maths skills, and you should check what special arrangements we can make, if this applies to you.
We pride ourselves on our pastoral care and bespoke attitude to teacher training. You are an individual and we aspire to train you to take your individuality into the classroom. This, combined with the knowledge, skills and understanding you will gain during your study with us, creates a happy teacher which is what we all want to be! We believe that happy teachers are teachers for years to come and retention of our alumni in the teaching profession is high after 5 years. We devote curriculum and tutorial time to encouraging you to look after your wellbeing as a teacher and the experienced and expert team are there to support you.
Two Mile Ash ITT Partnership, Fairfields Primary School Apollo Avenue, Fairfields Milton Keynes Bucks MK11 4BA
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