About the course
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 allows 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, to prepare 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 provides inspirational, hands-on training from safeguarding to subject knowledge; behaviour management to building resilience; time management to stress management, and much more. Training days provide an opportunity for the cohort 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.
If undertaking 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.
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 conducted by a member of the Initial Teacher Training team and a Head Teacher/Deputy Headteacher from one of our Partnership schools. You will spend a morning in class with an experienced teacher, working alongside the children. During that time, there is usually a formal interview, a group discussion, a teaching activity with a small group of children, and a short individual presentation (both of which you prepare in advance).
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! The teaching activity evidences how you engage and interact with children and this gives us an idea of your potential to train. Things can sometimes go wrong with interview or the teaching activity with the children, again don’t worry, because you will be given an opportunity to reflect on things that you would do differently another time.
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.
How school placements work
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 some schools in Northants and Bucks, so if you live in those areas and would like to train more locally to where you live, you can talk to us about this in your interview to see if it is possible.
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!
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A British Bachelors Honours Degree, or equivalent qualification.
English, Mathematics and Science GCSEs/O levels, or equivalent qualifications (at grade 4/C or above).
QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills/ability to read effectively.
Clean criminal record and good health.
Knowledge and understanding of primary education, including the National Curriculum and other current educational initiatives.
Knowledge and understanding of the role of the primary teacher.
Experience in a mainstream UK primary classroom within the last two years is advantageous
ICT confidence and competency.
Evidence that you can:
*Work on own initiative and manage workload.
*Work co-operatively and effectively with people from a diverse society.
*Build relationships with children that promote learning.
*Interests and talents that would enhance children’s learning experiences.
*Willingness to seek employment in the local area.
*Demonstrate an understanding of the rigour required to study at Masters Level.
Additional Criteria For Salaried Routes
*Individualised programme agreed and Partnership Agreement signed by Headteacher.
*Identification, through the selection process, as exhibiting the potential to be a Good or Outstanding teacher by the end of the programme.
Desirable Criteria For Salaried Routes
*At least a year’s worth of Teaching Assistant experience in school.
*Financial backing from school to support additional costs required on top of NCTL salary grant.
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 and trainers themselves. '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 16 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 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 new trail-blazing, school-based undergraduate route.
Our modern training centre is based in a brand-new school, where we have study facilities available every day during term time.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our course is accessible to anyone with a disability, provided they meet the ‘Health and physical capacity to teach’ requirements, which are assessed by the local 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 the English skills test, but you should check what special arrangements there are, 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 employ a wellbeing and pastoral care expert to guide you through learning how to manage teaching within your life and keep you grounded to yourself and your values.
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