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Why work in partnership?

Advantages of being a Partnership school

There are many benefits for secondary schools in joining the Institute or Educationís Secondary Partnership. As a member of the Partnership you will:

  • Become part of a high quality, lively, proactive education community involved with the recruitment and training of the next generation of computer science, design and technology, economics with business, English, Geography,†history, mathematics, modern languages, PE, psychology and science (physics, chemistry and biology) teachers and†Religious Education.
  • have the opportunity to work with trainees from a variety of training programmes including PGCE (Standard), School Direct Training, School Direct Salaried and Assessment Only routes.
  • have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of secondary teacher training through membership of the Partnership Advisory Group, Course Management Committee, acting as a course moderator or being a member of a Subject Coordinating Group;
  • work in partnership with us to deliver high quality training sessions, in school and university, that prepares trainees with the skills they need;
  • have the opportunity to be part of our recruitment and section process by taking part in interview sessions;
  • have opportunities to raise the aspirations and attainment of your pupils by working in partnership with us to deliver masterclasses and discovery days;
  • work with enthusiastic and committed trainees who bring new ideas to the classroom, being at the cutting edge of developments in their subject specialism;
  • have access to the very best trainees who often become teachers in their placement schools;
  • have access to a place on our free mentor training sessions;
  • be supported by university subject tutors who will build strong relationships with faculties and departments in the school.

The Secondary Partnership

To ensure quality of training across our partnership we:

  • strive for continuous improvement of the Partnership;
  • engage in†formal monitoring and evaluation procedures;
  • arrange placements in contrasting schools;
  • provide help and guidance to schools and trainees during placements;
  • handle any issues which arise with regards placements;
  • coordinate the work of subject tutors and designated lead tutors;
  • coordinate the provision of mentor and moderation training;
  • coordinate the visits of external examiners in schools;
  • record and disseminating information about school-based assessment;
  • provide information about examination boards;

the PGCE at the University of Worcester and its associated School Direct route to QTS exemplify high academic and professional standards

External Examinerís Report 2013

How does the Partnership work?

  • All of our schools enter into a Partnership Agreement with us that outlines the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders;
  • We have a Partnership Advisory Group and a School Direct and Assessment Only Course Management Committee which advises on strategy for the partnership;
  • Our Partnership includes schools from a wide geographical area; from small, rural schools in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside to large, urban school in the Black Country, Birmingham, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Sandwell and Warwick, as well as Worcester city;
  • Our partnership is the preferred choice for a number of regional School Centred Initial Teacher Training establishments in the South West and South East of England;
  • Our Partnership coordinates a range of teacher training programmes including university, school based and employment based routes. Regardless of the route into teaching trainees are supported by expert tutors and mentors that have consistently high expectations and work collaboratively to monitor, evaluate and moderate all aspects of provision rigorously to securing high quality of training and rigorous assessment;
  • At all times trainees are supported and guided on their journey towards excellence to ensure that they work beyond the Teachersí Standards.