The Institute of Education works in close partnership with many schools and other settings across the region, ensuring best practice and building links for teaching placements and future employment.
The Secondary Partnership currently works with approximately 175 partner schools or educational settings including Academies, high schools, Teaching Alliances, further education colleges, independent schools, special schools and pupil referral units. This Partnership services the initial teacher education requirements of the Institute’s postgraduate programmes to offer Qualified Teacher Status for a specific age range (11-16, 11-19, 14-19) , as well as providing opportunities for school led provision through School Direct Training, School Direct Salaried and Assessment Only Route. All postgraduate programmes offer Master’s level accreditation.
We offer courses in twelve subjects with optional Enhancement Activities in Special Educational Needs, Citizenship, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Teaching a Second Subject and a 14-19 (PE). The subjects are: Design and Technology (food and textiles), ICT/Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Maths, Modern Languages, PE Psychology, Economics with Business, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and Religious Education.
Many of our regional Partnership schools have long established relationships with the university to include teacher training, professional development of teaching and non- teaching staff, research and award bearing accreditation.
Excellent employment opportunities exist with many of our partner schools employing University of Worcester trainees, who become mentors and post holders, maintaining a professional commitment to the University.
What have mentors gained from the training days held at the University?
“An interesting and engaging session …. good opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues.”
“I got some great ideas on how to make my mentor training different so that the trainees stand out and develop.”
“I have more confidence now to be a mentor.”
The quality of Partnership working is good, with partner schools very committed to the continuing improvement and development of the provision.
The partnership is school centred; schools are involved directly in the selection and recruitment for ITE programmes; schools design, deliver and evaluate the programme to ensure trainees receive excellent training to become high quality trainees and well prepared as fully skilled and knowledgeable professionals in schools. This ensures our trainees have strong curriculum knowledge, phase expertise and the ability to use a range of teaching and learning strategies to great effect.
Schools have an integral role in maintaining consistency, coherency and the high quality of all aspects of the training through an active participation as members of the strategic leadership and management of the programmes, moderation and quality assurance processes. Both the initial teacher education and continuing professional development work of the Secondary Partnership benefits enormously where partners work across school and university settings. School-based colleagues are encouraged to offer their expertise by involving themselves in university-based teaching, and similarly, university-based colleagues work in a wide range of ways in school contexts.
The secondary partnership benefits from the diversity of schools within the partnership; from small, rural schools in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside to large, urban schools in the Black Country, Birmingham, Coventry, Warwick as well as Worcester city. The University of Worcester is the preferred choice for a number of regional School Centred Initial Teacher Training establishments in the South West. It values the expert mentors and trainers that have consistently high expectations and work collaboratively to ensure training is highly relevant and addresses national initiatives in education.