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.
Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."
The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.