Course Content

School Direct trainee Associate Teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in good and outstanding schools from within our alliance. We know these schools and work closely with them. We want you to learn from the best and be inspired by great teaching and learning.

Associate Teachers will be coached and mentored by outstanding teachers, senior leaders in education and university colleagues and will benefit from expertise from across the alliance. Full training is given to our mentors and class teachers to ensure they can offer the best support and guidance during the school placements.

Associate Teachers will have 60 days training which will be a blend of university and school led training.
Our Highly Employable Teacher programme has been designed and is delivered at the Teaching School by senior current practitioners from within our Alliance and covers all areas of the Teacher Standards offering expertise, experiences and relevant practical solutions for our trainees. We also offer interview, application and career mapping support for all our trainees. The feedback on this programme has been consistently high and a highlight of our training.

Associate Teachers will spend the majority of their time in school-based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.

Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.

To compliment this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.

Trainee Associate teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development. A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

BCU and CPTSA

About the partnership

CPTSA and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching.  Our partnership will work closely together to provide trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning who will motivate and engage all learners.  Our Partnership aims to produce highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, which will enable them to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.

Our partnership offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence.  Our programme will prepare trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice.

About the training programme

CPTSA and Birmingham City University work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers.  Trainees will spend the majority of their time in school-based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.

Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.

To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy.  Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.

Trainee teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development.  A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

About the training provider

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/education/initial-teacher-training

Accommodation
Student accommodation is available.
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/accommodation

Child Care Facilities
There are no child care facilities at City North campus

Disability Access
All teaching and learning resource areas on this campus are physically accessible via level or ramped access and lifts. There are also numerous accessible toilet facilities. All passenger lifts have speech output and there is tactile paving to assist blind and visually impaired people through the campus. External steps are marked with white edging.

An accessible shopping centre called One Stop is close by and has level access to most shops and lift access to other floors. Unfortunately Perry Barr train station, which is close to the campus, is not wheelchair accessible.

Public Transport
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/about-us/maps-and-campuses/city-north-campus/overview

Student Facilities
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/why-study-at-bcu

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/student-services

Study Facilities
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/education/about-us/facilities/it-support-and-other-facilities

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/why-study-at-bcu/learning-support

Where to Find Us
City North Campus

Perry Barr

Birmingham

B42 2SU

United Kingdom

 

 

Assessment

Trainee Associate Teachers will be assessed through essay based assignments, a presentation and a portfolio of resources. The programme leads to a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCE) with 60 Level 7 credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Fees and Funding

The fees for 2016/17 are £9000. Some Associate Teacher trainees may eligible for a student loan/bursary.
Please see the Birmingham City University website for more details.

Successful Completion

Our unique offering to you is that successful completion of our course will guarantee you an interview for a post within our alliance. An appointment to our alliance will mean that you become part of our highly regarded NQT 12 month programme (with study for Masters credits available) and post-NQT support and professional development to equip you for future career pathways.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

GCSEs - CCSE English, Maths and Science - grade C or above or their equivalent

Preferred Degree Classification - A 2:1 degree or above in a relevant subject, from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent
However if you feel you have sufficient relevant experience and additional skills to bring then we would consider your application with a 2:2 degree.

Other Entry Requirements

All candidates are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests within 8 weeks of being offered a place. http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests.aspx Birmingham City University offers support for the skills test. See our website for details. 

Travel

Candidates should have the ability to travel to and from our partner schools and university.

School Experience

We require two weeks of school based experience to be validated with a seen teaching form which needs to be signed by the Head Teacher and verified by the school. A Seen Teaching Form can be found below.

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS Teacher Training for programmes in England and Wales. 

  • Course Provider Code: 19Q
  • Primary (5-11) Course Code: 2J4C

School Experience Programme

We offer a 2 day primary school experience at The Colmore Schools which will cover Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2. There will be the chance to teach and critically observe outstanding teaching.

Seen Teaching Form

Click here to download the Seen Teaching Form Primary 5-11