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.
Tutor Jacqui Heath is teaching students from all over the world to improve their English and literacy skills after she gained Level 5 Diploma in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) via Derby College.
Jacqui, whose background is in PR and journalism, initially took a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course at her local college.
She wanted a career which combined her professional writing and editing skills with the teaching experience she gained while home educating her children.
Motivated by the rewards and challenges of adult education, she decided to further her qualifications by enrolling for the Derby College TESOL course. She gained the level 5 diploma in 2013.
Since then, Jacqui has taught students from across the globe – including Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan and Eastern Europe – to confidently speak, read and write English.
Rather than studying online, Jacqui chose to go to Derby College so she could observe how her teachers delivered sessions.
The tutors gave generously of their expert experience as we gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch ourselves into an ESL teaching career, whether at home or abroad. I think the most important thing I left with was the confident thumbs up from the excellent teaching staff.