Stories

Jo Wheldon, Initial Teacher Education Lead at Polaris Teaching School Alliance

Having been involved in ITE across several routes, I believe the best outcomes for trainees, schools and children happen when there is an equally shared responsibility for delivering ITE between schools and universities. In my experience, School Direct is a superb route that achieves this balance. Being a School Direct partner with York St John …

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Miranda Barker, Lecturer and Module Lead for Collaborative Learning and Development at Birmingham City University

This case study showcases the positive outcomes for trainee teachers as a result of collaborative approaches facilitated by Universities and their partners such as Teach First. Context: BCU work with Teach First to deliver training for Teach First Trainees employed on the Teach First PGDE programme in schools across the East and West Midlands. Over …

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Claire Ball-Smith from the University of York and Keither Parker from York St John University, on behalf of Yorkshire Teacher Enrichment Partnership (YTEP)

Each university is an advocate for teacher education and training. In collaboration with school partners they nurture potential applicants as under-graduates/post-graduates, including career changers, and continue to support graduate teachers as they embark on their first teaching roles as NQTs.  This provides a local draw to trainees whether they live in the immediate locality or …

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Hannah Templeton, Primary PGCE student at Newcastle University

In the decade prior to embarking on ITE, I lived and worked in South East London while studying for a PhD in music. Alongside my studies, I participated in educational outreach projects, leading workshops for primary schools from areas with high levels of socioeconomic deprivation; I also taught clarinet and piano in a diverse South …

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Louise Atkins, Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Greenwich

Initial Teacher Education in this country is second to none. The closely cultivated partnerships support outstanding teacher education and I am proud to say I am part of that. At the University of Greenwich we are proud of our heritage of being a centre of excellence for the training of teachers in London and the …

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Caroline Mytonn (Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead for Professional Studies and SEND) and Miranda Barker (Lecturer and SEND Strategic Adviser), Birmingham City University

Focus on ITE SEN Specialist Route – PGCE Primary QTS with SEN(D) Specialism – 2020/2021 Cohort: 48 PGCE Primary trainees with a mixed breadth of prior knowledge and skills relating to working with and supporting children with SEND, ranging from novice trainees to more experienced trainees. Context: 1 year PGCE Primary (QTS) Initial Teacher Education …

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Chris Aitkin, Director of Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance (York St John University)

Campus Stockton has a 50:50 partnership with York St John University School Direct PGCE Programme, which ensures that both the expertise of staff at YSJU and partnership schools is capitalised on. This year we have 49 student teachers training with us in our partnership. Our programmes are research-informed with university and school staff drawing on …

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Jan Rowe, Head of Initial Teacher Education at Liverpool John Moores University 

While ’walking the Mersey’ yesterday (not quite walking the Nile, I appreciate, but my personal lockdown challenge!) I bumped into two of my former student teachers from at least 15 years ago. My children will complain that this is a regular occurrence because I have worked in Teacher Education in Liverpool for about 20 years. Both were …

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Tremaine Baker, Senior Lecturer (Practice) in Secondary Teacher Education

HEIs play a fundamental role in providing subject specialist input to support trainee teachers on their journey towards becoming effective practitioners. The Middlesex University ITE Partnership has always been at the forefront of recruiting and training subject specialist teachers, especially in shortage subjects. In this way, the recently validated PGCE humanities programme was created in response …

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Joanna Hume, Senior Lecturer and BA (Hons) Primary Education Programme Lead 

I would like to celebrate the way in which our strong and well-established ITE partnership was able to flex and deliver genuinely supportive and tailored support to schools in our local community during the pandemic. For example, we delivered extra training in reading and maths interventions to our Year 2 students so that they were able …

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