Initial Teacher Training
School Experience Programme
For those who are considering a career in teaching, enquire about our School Experience programme which offers between two days and a week in school or several schools to gain a broader understanding into the work of a primary school teacher. This will support applications to train for a teaching qualification.
School Direct Programme
The Bromsgrove Primary Teaching School Alliance, works alongside Birmingham City University to deliver the primary and EYs PGCE programme as School Direct. Our students gain from the expertise of the university alongside the benefits of placements in schools offering high quality support programmes and training as well as experiences in a diverse range of school. This prepares them with the practical skills as well as strong pedagogical understanding to support them in their future careers. As stated in the BCU handbook:
Our PGCE Primary and Early Years programme provides you with a variety of dynamic and diverse opportunities that will equip you to engage, motivate and inspire young learners in a wide range of schools. Our innovative programme is responsive to new initiatives in primary education and will enable you to become a highly effective and reflective teacher. In addition you will have the opportunity to develop expertise by pursuing a subject study to deepen your understanding of an area of primary practice.
We have developed a shared vision for educational excellence with the schools in our partnership and the course reflects our commitment to partnership working. You will benefit from working with and learning from outstanding classroom teachers in schools and at University. Working in schools with teachers and children is key to you becoming a committed, creative and confident teacher and practice based opportunities drive the learning experience. You will develop the skills and knowledge to meet the diverse learning needs of children and gain an understanding of the importance of family context. You will become an innovative and resilient leader of learning with a personal commitment to shaping the future of the teaching profession.
Our philosophy is underpinned by a commitment to the well-being and achievement of all of our trainees in a supportive and nurturing environment. You will be provided with the opportunity to take risks within a professional, safe and supportive community of practice. The learning is led by highly experienced tutors who facilitate a wide range of practical experience and taught sessions to engage you in reflective and critical evaluation of research, policy and practice. We have a commitment to learning for life and actively encourage you to develop your own research skills and to continue your learning journey to build on your postgraduate certificate at Masters level and beyond. Furthermore you will be supported through your NQT year for your continuing professional development.
You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for School Direct (tuition fee) programmes:
You'll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
You'll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. Some training providers may require you to complete them before your interview, or ask you to complete them by a certain date as a condition of your offer. Find out more in our professional skills tests blog.
Applications for next academic year are now open. To find out more and to apply for School Direct visit: www.bptsa.co.uk/school-direct.
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