Destination classroom: Different routes into teaching

Ruth Peterson | April 17, 2020

Becoming a teacher in Bradford has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of different training routes now available.

Using our exciting new visual profiles of imaginary people at different points in their career, you can see some of the opportunities Bradford College has to offer at the McMillan School of Education and Initial Teacher Training

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Focused Fatima

Fatima has just completed her ‘A’ levels. She has wanted to be a primary school teacher since she was a little girl and has been focused on that goal throughout her studies. Fatima can join the three-year undergraduate course BA (Hons) Primary Education and at the end of the course she will have a degree and be eligible to start applying for jobs as a fully qualified teacher.

Evidence based Umma

Unlike Fatima, Umma has been working in schools since she completed her degree five years ago.  She started as a learning support assistant but has taken on more responsibility and is now regarded as an excellent unqualified teacher.  She now wants to be seen as a qualified teacher, but doesn’t have qualified teacher status (QTS). Umma can take advantage of the college’s Assessment Only route if she has experience in two schools over two years and she can produce a portfolio of evidence for the teachers’ standards. She will need to complete three-month placement in her school in order to gain QTS, but this will be a much quicker route into teaching than taking a year out to do a post graduate qualification and risk losing her job.

Top up Tim

Tim is working as a learning support assistant in a primary school. He has his maths, English and science GCEs but he doesn’t have a degree. He wants to be a fully qualified teacher but can’t afford to give up work.  Tim could take advantage of the Supporting and Managing Learning in Education (SMLE) programme to do a foundation degree one day a week. Schools are usually keen to support their staff develop and may allow Tim time off to attend college so that he can work and study at the same time. Once Tim has completed his foundation degree, he could do a top up course to give him a full honours degree without having to give up work.

Physics hopeful Faisal

Faisal has a BSc degree and wants to be a secondary school teacher in physics – but is worried that he’s not as confident in his physics subject knowledge as he would need to be to teach it.  Faisal could apply for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education Secondary (PGCE) Physics and a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in physics.  This route, which sees the SKE completed before the PGCE starts, attracts a bursary which means Faisal will also be paid to do it. In 2020- 2021 he could be paid as much as £28,000 tax free and a further £6,000 after tax when he is teaching. Faisal could also take advantage of the college’s summer school to get used to working in a lab or using specialist physics equipment.

Some of our real life successes

You can take inspiration from some of our real-life success stories.

Aadam Ahmed

Aadam Ahmed began his teaching career as a teaching assistant before qualifying as a teacher through our Supporting and Managing Learning foundation degree and a Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase top up BA Honours degree from Bradford College. Now a reception class teacher and special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo) at Warwick Road Primary School in Batley, the 23-year-old has a lot of experience of working with young people with a very diverse range of backgrounds and needs.

He has even produced some online lessons for his pupils while they are learning from home. You can find out all about him here:

Matthew Peel

Through working as a training manager at Asda, Matthew Peel discovered a love for teaching others – and now has a classroom of his own after graduating with a first class BA Honours Degree in Primary Education with QTS (Science) from Bradford College University Centre.

These are just a few of the different ways people studying or working in Bradford could get on the path to becoming a qualified teacher.

Other avenues include teaching apprenticeships and post-secondary qualifications in education and training for those wishing to go into further education teaching.

Taking the next step

Even during these uncertain times, Bradford College is still recruiting talented teachers who want to train with us by running interviews online.

As well as our website, you can also apply to undergraduate and post graduate courses via Ucas, but both can also apply directly to Bradford College through our online application form.

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