Initial Teacher Training
Volunteer Mentoring Scheme
This year we have been involved in running a student mentoring project with the Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer from Salford University. The project targets university students who wish to pursue a teaching career when they have obtained their degree. The scheme is very beneficial for both the university students and our pupils – our pupils are given an opportunity to work with intelligent young people who are excellent role models for them, whilst at the same time supporting their learning. The university students receive quality training and an opportunity to develop useful skills for their chosen profession; it also provides students with experience to include on their application form when they apply to embark upon a teacher training course (such as the PGCE) later on.
The university students come into school on a volunteer basis and mentor Buile Hill pupils, who have been identified by school as being in need of additional support in a specific subject area. The mentoring sessions take place on a 1:1 basis, or within the classroom environment, whichever is deemed to be the most appropriate for the pupil. After the initial induction meeting for staff and pupils the mentors attend school, once a week for half a day, over 22 weeks. The scheme has been very successful this year and both students and pupils have very much enjoyed working with each other.
I have really enjoyed my experience at Buille Hill, and I do not doubt for a second this experience has been a major part of my being accepted onto the PGCE course at Edge Hill University. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and students at Buile Hill for their continued support while I have been at Buile Hill, the pupils have been fantastic and so lovely to work with. I’ve learnt so much about myself as a (nearly) new teacher, and about the running of the school and the Art Department. Buile Hill is such an excellent school with amazing students and I will be really gutted to leave in July, and not be able to return in September once my PGCE starts, I will always look back on my time at Buile Hill with very happy memories and I will follow the progress of the school with great pride.
School Experience Program
Working in partnership with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, we offer regular days throughout the year to visit Buile Hill through the School Experience Program. These are offered within the core secondary subjects – maths, chemistry, biology, physics, Modern Foreign Languages, English, history, geography, and computer science.
During your initial day visit you will spend time observing lessons, meeting staff and children, and gaining all the information you will need to take your first steps into the teaching profession. After the initial visit, you will be invited to organise up to 9 additional follow up days. These will require you to complete a CRB certification. For the initial visit you will be accompanied by a teacher at all times if you don’t have CRB certification.
You will be able to apply for the School Experience Program if you hold a first class or 2:1 degree or alternatively you can apply as an undergraduate if you:
- are in your final year of studying for a degree in one of these subjects, and
- are interested in teaching one of these subjects, and
- are predicted at least a 2:1 degree
You will need to register with with the National College of Teaching and Leadership before you can apply for the School Experience Program. Once you have registered, you can apply for the School Experience Program by calling the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.
The Teaching Line will contact you once you have registered and it has been confirmed that you meet the requirements. You can contact the Teaching Line by emailing schoolexperience@TA-recruit.education.gov.uk or on freephone 0800 389 2500 if you have any questions about your application.
Previous participants in the School Experience Program at Buile Hill have said:-
“This is a remarkable school, where the staff are extremely supportive of the students. A ‘you-can-do-it’ philosophy is encouraged among the students, which is crucial for increasing their confidence and raising their aspirations. The students should be proud of themselves and of their school. I was made to feel thoroughly welcome and valued throughout my entire visit.”
“It was great to meet professionals who love what they do!”
“Thanks to everybody whom I met. I can say that staff are very supportive and do the best for the children. I will take good memories with me.”