School Direct Programme


Train With Heartlands Academy

Heartlands Academy and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching. Our Partnership works closely together to provide trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning, who motivate and engage all learners. Our Partnership produces highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, which enables them to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.

Heartlands Academy is a vibrant and successful place of learning; we are passionate in our belief in all of our students. We are proud of our diversity and have a supportive and welcoming atmosphere. We aim to give all of our students and staff the very best opportunities to grow and develop.

"There is an exceptionally positive learning atmosphere throughout the academy. Students display excellent attitudes to learning. They behave impeccably, show high levels of respect and courtesy towards each other and to their teachers and other staff."

"Heartlands Academy engenders a trusting relationship with students by fostering a 'can do' approach. The academy strives to ensure that during their time here, both students and staff achieve their full educational and personal potential. Thanks to a dedicated staff team, hardworking students and the support of parents and the local community, the academy has achieved another OUTSTANDING."

"Students at Heartlands Academy make outstanding progress."

Ofsted 2014

Our partnership offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence. Our programme prepares trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice.

Our staff across the partnership have a proven track record in training and professional development. In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey 94% of both primary and secondary teachers trained at Birmingham City University rated the quality of their training as 'good' or 'very good'.

About The Training Programme

Heartlands Academy and Birmingham City University work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers. Trainees spend the majority of their time in school-based practice with centre-led training sessions at specific times.

Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.

To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is updated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.

Trainee teachers are expected as early career professionals to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and development. A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly amongst those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

Teacher Training 2016-2017

Primary Placements

  • Primary General
  • Primary with Mathematics

Secondary Placements

For 2016 entry we are offering secondary placements in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Applications for 2016 are now open via UCAS

Entry Requirements

Primary

  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science - grade C or above.
  • A 2:1 degree or above in a relevant subject. However if you feel you have sufficient relevant experience and additional skills to bring then we would welcome your application with a 2:2 degree.
  • Applicants must pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy either prior to application or within eight weeks of a place being offered.

Secondary

  • GCSE English and Mathematics - grade C or above or their equivalent.
  • A degree from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent, at least 50% of which is in the subject that you intend to teach. There can be a wide range of degrees that are relevant to teaching specialist subjects at secondary level that will be acceptable. The minimum classification accepted is a 2.2.
  • Applicants must pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy either prior to application or within a given period of a place being offered.

What We Are Looking For

  • An Enthusiastic Attitude to Teaching as a Career
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, an enthusiastic attitude to teaching as a career, as well as clear commitment and determination.

  • The Ability to Cope Under Pressure
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, a robustness and the ability to cope under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Good Interpersonal Skills
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, the interpersonal and social skills required to deal effectively and professionally with a wide mix of people, including those of the appropriate school age.

  • Advanced Communication and Presentation Skills
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, the skills in oral and written communication and the personal presentation to meet the varied demands of the teaching profession.

  • An Ability to Motivate and Inspire
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, an ability to motivate and inspire, be optimistic, enthusiastic and generous of spirit.

  • A Sense of Proportion
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, an understanding of the role of the teacher in the rapidly changing educational climate as well as an understanding of the contribution their specialist area makes to the wider education of pupils at all stages.

  • A Sense of Humour
    Applicants should have, and be able to demonstrate, an understanding of the wider role of the teacher in the education of appropriately aged pupils and the ability to be an effective, sensitive and sympathetic member of a variety of teams.

Selection Process

Primary

The Initial Selection Process
The initial selection of candidates is based on information given in the UCAS application form.
Interviews are offered to those applicants who hold, or are working towards, the qualification and experience required.

A Presentation
The interview process includes a presentation.
Typically your presentation will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of learning and teaching.

Observation of Teaching
The interview process includes a short teaching experience.
The observers will be interested in your interactions with the children.

A Written Exercise
The interview process includes a written exercise to investigate your knowledge of the primary curriculum.

An Informed Discussion
The interview process includes an informed discussion, as part of the personal interview, on current educational issues.

Secondary

The Initial Selection Process
The initial selection of candidates is based on information given in the UCAS application form.
Interviews are offered to those applicants who hold, or are working towards, the qualification and experience required. Having experience in a secondary school and/or with secondary aged pupils is very important.

Interview Preparation
Candidates will be sent a report to read in preparation for the interview.
Subject audits are also sent out in advance.

Observation of Teaching
Prior to the interview, candidates will be asked to arrange a short teaching experience.
The observers will be interested in your interactions with the students.

A Presentation
The interview process includes a presentation.
Typically your presentation will allow you to demonstrate your subject knowledge in the context of learning and teaching. Subject knowledge will also be audited as part of the interview process.

Written Exercises
The interview process includes written exercises to investigate your competence with written English.
You will also be asked to complete a simple task designed to prompt discussion about your resilience for the training programme and the teaching profession.

A Personal Interview
The interview process includes a personal interview much of which is based on the report you have read in preparation.

More Information

Heartlands Academy is the training provider and the accrediting provider is Birmingham City University.

Childcare Facilities

Birmingham City University has childcare facilities.

Disability Access

Both Birmingham City University and Heartlands Academy have full disabled access.

Accommodation

Student accommodation is available at Birmingham City University.

Where To Find Us

Heartlands Academy is situated in inner city Birmingham, less than a mile from the exciting Eastside regeneration project. The local train station, Duddeston, is just across the road along with the 14 bus route.

Heartlands Academy
10 Great Francis Street
Nechells
Birmingham
B7 4QR

Birmingham City University 'City North' is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of the city centre. It's simple to get to as it’s minutes from Perry Barr train station and several major bus routes. There is also on-site parking available.

City North Campus
Perry Barr
Birmingham
B42 2SU

For further information regarding School Direct Training please contact:
Mrs Smith