New Diploma 21 to Meet Demand for Secondary English Teachers – FE News

A new three-year course launched by the University of Bedfordshire (@uniofbeds) will allow undergraduates to study English at degree level while gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling them to graduate with the possibility of immediately entering the teaching profession. – the only course of its type currently offered in the south of England.

The BA (Hons) English (Secondary) degree (with QTS) has been designed to help address the shortage of teachers in this subject faced by schools across the country. With the number of students choosing to study English Literature and English Language at A level declining nationally, the shortfall in English teachers has recently been addressed by training non-English speaking graduates as subject teachers. However, this brand new route offered by Bedfordshire has been designed to open up more career options and encourage English graduates to consider taking up secondary school teaching positions.

Graduates of this new course will earn QTS after just three years rather than having to complete an additional fourth year of study. This specially designed course will be the only three-year route to qualified teacher status offered by a university in the south of England, making it a practical and great value route to the teaching profession.

Dr James Shea, Senior Lecturer and Head of Portfolio at the University’s School of Teacher Education, said:

“As a former local English manager, I am very happy to see this junior high English course entering the market to address the lack of English teachers in the region and nationally . English is seen by parents and employers as one of the most important subjects in schools and it is essential that we ensure a strong supply of highly qualified English teachers for local schools.

The success of this new course will be a joint effort between the University and local placement schools with sixth graders. Dr. Shea continued:

“So far, teachers and senior staff from English faculties from fourteen regional secondary schools have joined our community of practice, pledging to work alongside us to help make the program as contemporary and relevant as possible.

“Together, we look forward to training a new generation of English teachers in the spirit of partnership.”

The program will be taught by highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in a school setting. Students will study a balance of traditional and contemporary English literature and language, developing their knowledge of the subject while developing the teaching skills they need to be a confident and inspiring secondary school teacher.

With a focus on imaginative approaches to English – such as creative writing, media and drama – students will also gain a set of transferable skills valued in a range of careers, including journalism and industries creative. Students will also put their learning into practice during internships at partner schools in the region, supported by mentors who know what it takes to have a transformative impact on young people’s learning and lives.

Juliet Fern, executive dean of the university’s faculty of education, English and athletics, said:

“We already have substantial experience in training secondary school English teachers at postgraduate level and this course offers a new and exciting opportunity for students to achieve qualified teacher status as part of an undergraduate degree. three years.

“The initial teacher education partnership we are forming with secondary schools in the region will allow students on this new course to develop their teaching skills and subject knowledge in an integrated way, producing teachers for the region and beyond. of the.”

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