Derby College offers a range of high quality teacher training programmes in partnership with the University of Derby. Its teacher training provision was graded outstanding by a recent Ofsted inspection (December 2015).
In 2015, 33% of the College’s trainee teachers exited as outstanding, and this year 40% are expected to exit as outstanding. Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector. More than one third of our cohort (around 60 trainees per year) are teaching in the school sector.
Building on this success, Derby College and the University of Derby are working in partnership to offer a new and innovative route to full qualification.
What are the benefits?
The apprentice teacher route to full qualification offers a work-based route to developing and qualifying teachers.
It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects.
For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need to be 19 years old or over and provide evidence of:
You will have an interview and, if you are successful, you will be offered a place.
In order to evidence the apprenticeship standards, the apprentice teacher will attend College on a Monday to study to achieve:
A full teaching qualification (Certificate in Education) at Level 5 (awarded by the University of Derby.) Core modules include Introduction to Teaching, Developing Practical Teaching Skills, Theories of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Design and Development, and Subject-specialist Pedagogies and Critical Reflective Practice.
A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
A Level 2 qualification in ICT to equip our future teachers with the skills for using ICT to enable learning
There is the possibility to negotiate studying for an additional subject-specialist pathway qualification in English (Teaching Literacy), Maths or SEND.
The apprentice teacher will be assessed using varied methods, including assignments, collaborative presentations, poster presentations and reflections.
Alongside this, there will be a minimum of nine observations of practice conducted by the College or the school mentor. The apprentice will have a professional discussion to further evidence the standards and produce a justification of their teaching philosophy. Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.
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Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.
She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.