About the course
Age Range 3-7years:
This programme is based on a shared vision for educational excellence between Newman University and Bromsgrove Primary Teaching School Alliance. 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.
The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years’ foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. School placements will be completed in relevant age phases. 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 young children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observations with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. Our PGCE course maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of 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 the University will support you in completing two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each, plus subject audits in English, Maths and Science, 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. Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme therefore 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.
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 Newman University and BPTSA.
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:
You should be a graduate, with a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. Ideally, this should be of a 2:2 or above. You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science prior to starting the course.
In addition, it is desirable that you have undertaken some school experience, or plan to do so before the course commences, and an interest in educational issues.
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 Newman University, which is one of the largest Accredited Provider of School Based Initial Teacher Training in the West Midlands. It has established an excellent reputation for producing high-quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education through whichever programme you choose. In the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey, it was ranked Number 1 (overall) in Birmingham.
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.
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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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