About the course
- To gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
- To build your confidence and help you reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
- To become an authority on the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
- To grow confident in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
- To learn to teach phonics, early reading, writing, and early mathematics, as well as foundation subjects
- Assess pupils effectively, promoting pupil progress across the curriculum, and manage their behaviour to create a strong learning environment
- To leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules
Subject Studies: You will cover core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through 2 "taster” sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography/History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and PSHE.
Professional Studies: You will develop a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. You will address central issues including planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management.
Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools. You will develop an awareness of your professional development, reflect on progress on school placements and set targets for successful completion of the programme.
You will also be asked to choose a specialism: Early Years, Special Educational Needs, English, Mathematics or Science. The specialism is a unique opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge and skills in a critical area of Primary education.
Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day. After the Summer half term, trainees will be in school 5 days per week.
You will be assessed in the following three modules:
Subject Studies: coursework focusing on one aspect of practice in each of the 3 core subjects (Masters level assignment – 3,000 words; and looking at practice in one strand within your Specialism across a range of contexts (e-presentation – 2,000 words).
Professional Studies: Coursework focusing on a key issue and combining theory with your practice in schools (Master’s level assignment – 5,000 words.
Professional Practice: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a Good or Outstanding level.
Training days will mainly take place at the University of Warwick with some days being held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.
Once an application has been submitted Alliance schools that have requested a trainee will decide if they want to interview. Please contact us to find out the latest list of schools with vacancies.
If more than one school wants to interview, the interview will probably be held at Bishop Challoner and representatives from the interested schools will attend. When inviting applicants to interview they will be notified which schools will be represented on the interview panel.
If there is one school that wants to interview, the interview will be held at that school.
If the applicant is successful and several schools want to offer a place, the applicant can visit the schools and decide which school they prefer. This does not mean they have accepted a place at that school, it just means that they know that the Bishop Challoner offer on UCAS is for that particular school.
Interviews consist of:
• a short teaching session delivered to a small group of students. Applicants will be informed at least 5 days before the interview about the topic, the age group/ability and the number of students.
• a formal interview
How school placements work
The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. With most of our schools being located in or near the Birmingham area, travel time is not usually a problem.
Successful applicants will always know which school will be their main placement when they are offered the place.
The second school placement takes place in the Spring Term, and this will always be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree.
You need at least a grade 4 or grade C in GCSE(or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- good communicator
- able to inspire and enthuse
- good organiser
- imaginative and creative
- confident and resilient
About the training provider
Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.
Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Every year we have large numbers of trainees who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades. Having a large Alliance also means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year. Over the last few years we have had a 100% employment record after the training year.
There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.
To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.
Come and train to teach with us and 'Inspire : Teach : Excel'
Training with disabilities and other needs
Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA hopes to be able to provide a welcoming, accessible route into teaching for candidates with disabilities and other needs. The caring, nurturing focus of our mentors and trainers aims to look after those who are keen to progress through the programme and become classroom teachers. The University also provides a range of academic and professional support.
Previously we have supported trainees with a range of physical impairments, including timetabling of lessons to ground floor classrooms for those who cannot use the stairs; extra preparation time for those with dyslexia and autism, and extra support for those with mental health conditions.
By seeing our trainees as individuals, no two types of support are the same. By encouraging a caring and supporting ethos within our partner schools, we work with individuals to work out the best way to help them gain the most from their School Direct year and to start their teaching careers confident and ready to teach.
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Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7EG
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