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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Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.
She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.
Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.