Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher training programmes in partnership with the University of Derby. Its teacher training provision was graded outstanding in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Our trainees consistently exit as outstanding practitioners. Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector. Our cohorts come from a broad range of contexts across secondary education, further education and non-mainstream provision, allowing for a rich sharing of experiences to enhance learning opportunities.
Building on this success, DCG is offering a well established and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector: a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route. The apprentice teacher will earn as they learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop their professional practice in classroom, work-based and workshop 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 by providing a subject specialism in teaching STEM, SEND, Maths or English
For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, 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:
In addition to mandatory qualifications you may wish to enhance your studies by undertaking optional short courses in:
You will have study time 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-point assessment consisting of a Thematic Case Study to evidence the knowledge and skills set out in the Standard; submission of an Online Presentation showing your journey with ICT skills; a Professional Discussion and two Observations of Practice by the End-Point Assessor followed by Question and Answer. This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre. Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.
Former Derby College student Sophie Nelson is looking forward to starting a degree in occupational therapy next year. But Sophie, who has completed her Higher Level Teaching Assistants course at the Roundhouse “never in a million years” thought she would be going to university.
She said: “I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.”
Sophie who is 27 and originally from Mickleover, thought she wanted to be a police officer when she first left school so took levels 2 and 3 of the Public Services course at Broomfield Hall.
She added: “We had to do a lot of volunteering on that course so I volunteered at St Andrews Academy in Derby, a school for 11 to 19-year-olds with special educational needs. I absolutely loved it. I realised exactly what I wanted to do, so, after finishing college, I went on to work as a teaching assistant at other special schools. Before that I’d always known I wanted a job which would benefit the community, but not teach.”
To further her knowledge, Sophie enrolled on the level four course for higher level teaching assistants, which she completed in 2019.
Due to take up her place at Derby University in September 2021, she is soon to start a new job in a secondary school. In her role as student engagement and learning mentor, Sophie will be supporting students with learning difficulties resulting from social, emotional or behavioural issues.
She added: “Once I have finished my degree I would like to be an occasional therapist, specialising in supporting children with special needs to live the most fulfilling life possible. My mum worked for Leicestershire Disabled Children’s Service and at a young age I was aware of special needs and the importance of inclusion.”
I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.