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.
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.