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). Last year, 60% of our trainees exited as outstanding practitioners. 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 is offering a new and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector. It is a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route. You will earn as you learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop your professional practice in classroom settings.
What are the benefits for employers?
The apprentice teacher route to full qualification offers an expansive and rigorous work-based route to developing and qualifying teachers in the Learning and Skills Sector, which includes post-14 education (Key Stage 4 in schools). It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects
For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from May 2017, it offers a return on that Levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.
In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding teacher who has a positive impact on learners in the sector, you will work towards a set of qualifications. If you haven’t already got the following qualifications, you are required to achieve:
You will have a study day to work in your curriculum team and to attend College to work towards qualifications, meet with your personal tutor and plan your own professional development/prepare for end-point assessment.
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 eight observations of practice conducted by our expert tutors in the Teacher Training Academy or your workplace mentor.
You will also have an end assessment, consisting of a variety of written tasks, professional discussion and observation. This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre. Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.
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."