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
Bromsgrove Primary Alliance works alongside both Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT to deliver the Primary PGCE programme and Newman University to deliver Early Years PGCE programme. Our students gain from the expertise of the SCITT alongside the benefits of placements in schools offering high quality support programmes and training as well as experiences in a diverse range of schools. This prepares students with the practical skills as well as strong pedagogical understanding to support them in their future careers. 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. 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.
About Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT.
Prince Henry's and South Worcestershire SCITT along with its partnership of schools have extensive experience of working with Initial Teacher Training, both School Direct and PGCE Core.
Across the partnership of schools we train trainees through working in partnership with HEI institutions to support and train the next generation of teachers. Our partnership and family ethos would support the view of Ofsted in our inspection in 2019 when they stated:'
‘Strong relationships and family ethos and not giving up on trainees'
Click here for full Ofsted report: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/41/1246909
Trainees choosing to train with the Prince Henry's and South Worcestershire SCITT will be trained by outstanding practitioners across a partnership of schools with one clear aim: Providing the highest quality of Initial Teacher Training, producing the next generation of outstanding practitioners in order to continually raise standards and pupil achievement.
Trainees identified the following features of the SCITT Partnership:
* Strong and clear leadership from the SCITT Team
* Support and advice provided by the SCITT Director
* High expectations and aspirations across the SCITT with a focus on excellence
* Commitment to trainee wellbeing
* Very good communication within the placement schools
About Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University 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. 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.
About Newman University
Newman University is one of the largest Accredited Providers 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 students’ learning and ensure high quality education. In the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey, it was ranked Number 1 (overall) in Birmingham for student satisfaction. 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 through regular lesson observations with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress.
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.
Applications for 2023-24
Applications open from Autumn 2022. To find out more and to apply for School Direct search:
‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training.’
Then ‘Find courses by training provider’
Then type in Bromsgrove Primary Alliance
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.