About the course
This programme is based on a shared vision for educational excellence between BCU and BPTSA. Trainees on the programme benefit from working with outstanding teachers in schools and at University. The school based elements of the programme allow trainees opportunities to spend time in school and to make links between their observations and experiences and the taught programme in university. In school trainees will be provided with a variety of opportunities to observe best practice which addresses the trainees’ development needs.
This is a full-time, one-year course focused either on the 5-11 or the 3-7 age range. The course has been designed towards a more schools-led approach to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with the placement aspects of the programme ensuring a strong alignment between the university-based and school-based elements. The programme features four strands:
• Core (English, Mathematics and Science and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum)
• Professional Studies
• Foundation (all other National curriculum subjects and RE and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum)
• School Based Training
These strands are developed throughout the year of study to enable trainees to build up their knowledge, understanding and skills in each key area.
Trainees will also develop their teaching skills through carefully designed School Based Training (SBT) experiences (120 days school based training).The work undertaken in school is closely aligned to the academic modules.
The programme is designed to recognise that trainees develop their understanding and skills of teaching gradually. The first block of university teaching prepares trainees for their first teaching block placement. In the first block practice trainees will plan and develop their teaching with support from the class teacher
The second block of university teaching allows trainees to reflect upon their experiences in school and prepare them for subsequent placements. Your second placement will be in a different school.
Your final block practice will involve trainees taking responsibility for teaching about 80% of the class timetable. Towards the end of this practice (SBT2) trainees will be summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and graded as pass or fail.
All trainees will complete module assessments for the three credit bearing modules which must be passed - all are marked in percentages. The remaining non-credit bearing module will be assessed through teaching practice against the DfE Teachers’ Standards (2012).
Course fees £9250
We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from when UCAS opens in October, so do not delay in submitting your application.
We work with our university partners to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. Interviews will be held in one of the alliance schools with representatives from BCU and BPTSA.
The interview consists of an observed teaching activity, involving a small group of children, where we gauge your ability to interact with children. You will be given information about this in advance. There is also a set of formal interview questions where we evaluate your experience of working with children to date, your subject knowledge, and your commitment to, and understanding of, the role of a trainee and teacher.
We will also ask you to complete a written task and give a short presentation on a given topic.
These interviews will help us to assess your suitability for the course applied for and to work with you to discuss school placement requirements.
How school placements work
Candidates will have two placements throughout the year. The main on will be for the majority of the year in the same class, in the same school. This will be called their 'home school.' The second placement will be shorter and in a different school and a different key stage to their home school placement, providing candidates with a varied experience.
Placement schools in the alliance are:
Charford First School – a large 3 form entry first school in Bromsgrove with 525 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4, with a large Early Years department with nurseries for 2 year olds, rising 3s and 3 year olds and a 3 form entry Reception Year. There are two forest schools, a children’s centre, a nurture group and a pre- school speech and language unit.
Blackwell First School – a small one form entry first school in the village of Blackwell, with 150 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. The school has two forest school sites in use for all year groups and also a forest school nursery.
Dodford First School – a small school in the village of Dodford with 70 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. There are 3 classes consisting of a 15 place reception class, a mixed year 1 and 2 class and a mixed year 3 and 4 class.
Lakey Lane Primary School – a two form entry primary school in Birmingham with 420 children on roll, plus a Nursery. This school takes children up to Year 6.
Millfields First School - a two form entry first school in Bromsgrove with 285 children on roll, taking children up to Year 4. It has a nursery and forest school.
Anderton Park Primary School – a large multicultural school in Birmingham with 750 children on roll, taking children up to Year 6. There is also a Nursery on site.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Entry requirements and pre-requisites are as follows:
• GCSE passes at Grade 4, C or above/or equivalent for English, Maths and Science
• Degree classification 2:2 and above
• Enhanced DBS clearance
We are looking for candidates that have a genuine passion for teaching, with a commitment to the value of education for all children.
Candidates should also value the whole child and the communities in which they live.
About the training provider
BPTSA is committed to providing high quality teacher training. Our vision is for trainees to become committed, confident and creative primary school teachers who are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to lead the learning for a range of learners.
BPTSA is an alliance of a wide range of schools, offering candidates opportunities to train in schools with a range of different catchments, contexts and sizes, enabling students a broad learning experience. Alliance schools vary from small rural village schools to large inner city schools.
All of the schools within the alliance have a proven track record of providing highly effective professional development with a strong focus on teaching and learning. Candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss placements on interview.
All candidates will be placed alongside good or outstanding teachers and will be given opportunities to plan, assess and teach with highly skilled practitioners. BPTSA will provide you with an experienced school-based mentor who will meet with you on a regular basis to plan your next steps.
About the accredited body
BPTSA is very proud to be working in partnership with Birmingham City University, who train more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands and are the 10th largest teacher training provider in the UK. BCU graduates are highly successful in finding teaching posts and many take jobs in the West Midlands.
Training with disabilities and other needs
BPTSA is committed to meeting the needs of all candidates, including those with a disability. As the alliance has a wide range of schools to choose from, we would work in consultation with you to provide you with a placement that would best support your needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Anderton Park Primary School
Dennis Road, Birmingham B12 8BL
Blackwell First School
St Catherines Road, Blackwell B60 1BN
Dodford First School
Dodford, Bromsgrove B61 9AW
Lakey Lane Primary School
Lakey Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B28 8RY
Main Site, Charford First School
Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 3NH
Millfields First School
Swift Close, Bromsgrove B61 7BS
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