July 3, 2008

Different Routes to a Job in Teaching

By David Whinyates

WHETHER you are a sixth form leaver or someone wanting a change in career direction, there are routes into teaching to suit everybody.

At Newman University College, Bartley Green, students can choose to undertake a three or four-year Early Years (age 3-7), Primary (5- 11) and Key Stage 2/3 (age 7-14) course with a range of subject specialisms, or a one-year Postgraduate (PGCE) course focusing on Key Stage 2/3 (age 7-14) or Secondary (age 11-16), enabling graduates to become qualified in as little as a year.

Alternatively, some students could combine work with study and undertake an employment-based teaching course designed so students can train whilst actually working in a school, through the Graduate and Registered Teacher Programmes (GRTP). All courses lead to qualified teacher Status.

English trainee teacher Jackie Corfield originally wanted to come to Newman back in 1997, but got an unexpected gift - a baby boy!

"As time went by I decided to come back to education, but veered away from teaching and into social work. I was really unhappy with both the course and the institution, so I left and applied to Newman and here I am now, doing my teacher training," she said.

"I love Newman because it's so personal and compact, almost like a little family. I hated being part of a big institution and at Newman I have never felt like a little fish in a big pond."

Newman offers a mixture of subject areas on the undergraduate and PGCE courses.

Places for September 2008 are still available for Key Stage 2/3 ICT and science or PGCE Key Stage 2/3 Modern Foreign Languages, Science and Mathematics.

To find out more visit one of the open days, next Wednesday, between 4pm and 8pm, or Saturday July 12, from 10am to 3pm.

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