Teacher Education Partnership

We work with a wide range of primary, secondary schools and early years organisations to deliver the school experience and the practical dimension of the Initial Teacher Training programmes. We ensure that students achieve the highest standards and will enter the profession with the high levels of competence and commitment necessary to enhance pupils’ learning and experiences.

The quality of partnership working is outstanding, with partner schools very committed to the continuing improvement of the provision

OFSTED 2010

Main benefits to partner schools

  • Become part of a lively education partnership community involved with the recruitment and training of new entrants to the profession
  • Work with enthusiastic students who bring fresh ideas to the classroom
  • Access to the very best students who often become teachers at their placement school
  • Partner schools can take part in free mentor training activities. All our partner schools who support a student on placement are entitled to a free place at one of our mentor training days where you will be able to enhance your CPD. Supply cover of £140 per delegate per day is available for 2013–14
  • Partner schools receive a payment for every student
  • Act as a network leader for training
  • Support from University-link tutors who build up strong relationships with key people within the school
  • A programme of conferences and seminars with speakers of national repute, workshop sessions and time for networking. For further information or to book a place on one of the conferences email education-schoolexperience@brookes.ac.uk.
    ( details of previous conferences and conference reources )

Partnership activity

  • Partnership schools can engage with us at many different levels. The majority of our schools have entered into partnership agreements with us outlining the roles and responsibilities of the partners
  • Schools and settings are in area networks, each having a lead school and a lead mentor. We meet regularly as a Partnership Committee to enable good liaison and communication
  • Our partnership includes schools from a wide geographical area, including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and parts of Berkshire and Wiltshire. Our students are committed, enthusiastic and focused on the development of their teaching expertise
  • Our school-based tutors include experienced mentors and Professional Tutors, as well as new mentors who have recently undertaken our mentor training. Our tutors are experts in their subjects, research active, with relevant experience of teaching in schools

The Partnership team

The Partnership team provides the interface between the School of Education and partner schools, colleges and early years settings. We are responsible for:

  • Striving for continuous improvement of the Partnership
  • Ensuring quality across the Partnership, including formal monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • Communication across the Partnership
  • Arranging placements
  • Providing help and guidance to schools and trainees during placements
  • Handling any problems which arise with regard to placements
  • Keeping attendance records during placements
  • Coordinating the work of university Link Tutors
  • Coordinating the provision of mentor and moderation training
  • Coordinating the visits of external examiners to schools
  • Recording and disseminating information about school based assessment
  • Providing information for the Examination Boards

‘Take One Picture’ placement scheme

The ‘Take One Picture’ scheme for primary schools is a partnership that has been running for several years between Oxford Brookes University, the Ashmolean Museum and the National Gallery. Students undertake a placement where they observe a variety of teaching and learning strategies for different age groups in a non-classroom setting.

Many of our partner schools support our students in this project and this year twenty four Year 3 Primary Teacher Education students will be training for one week in the Ashmolean.

The aims of the placement are:

  • To observe a variety of teaching and learning strategies for different age groups in a non-classroom setting
  • To consider how these approaches can be translated into the classroom, for example using virtual reproductions
  • To use images as a starting point for making links between different subject areas
  • To improve confidence in using the visual arts and other cultural objects in creative curriculum planning
  • To meet education professionals outside a school or university setting
  • To promote the idea of creative working relationships between peers, teaching colleagues and cultural institutions
  • To produce a cross-curricular scheme of work

The DfES and DCMS (Department for Culture Media and Sport) support the project aims to encourage more primary teachers to use museum and gallery resources in their lessons – in and outside of the classroom.

As part of the students’ School Experience 3 placement they will visit the Ashmolean Museum with their class and put into practice the teaching skills developed at the Ashmolean.

If you would like your school/class to be involved in the ‘Take One Picture’ scheme please contact Carol Ducker, Senior Lecturer, Primary Art and design.

Alternative placements

The Teacher Education Partnership is running a pilot scheme where Year 2 BA Primary Teacher Education students work with a museum as part of their SE2 placement. We hope to involve more museums and schools next year.

This is a joint project with teachers, museum educators, students and university tutors to develop a way in which students can incorporate teaching outside the classroom as a component part of their school experience. During their six week placement in school two weeks are spent teaching/learning in museums.

If you would like more details please contact:

Carol Ducker
Senior Lecturer Primary Art and Design
cducker@brookes.ac.uk