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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Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.
She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.
"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.
"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."