Initial Teacher Training
Initial Teacher Training Opportunities in International Schools
COBIS is encouraging high-quality British International Schools to support the development and supply of teachers by engaging with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) routes in an international context. As part of the recent COBIS Teacher Supply Research, responding schools indicated that ITT programmes for local staff and flexible conversion routes to QTS/PGCE would play a key role in boosting teacher supply and retention. COBIS proposed three recommendations as part of that research to support Teacher Supply, both domestically and internationally, one of which was to increase international training opportunities including overseas ITT.
To support this, COBIS is now signposting high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) opportunities to international schools, with preferential rates for COBIS Members.
When registering, please indicate that your school is a COBIS Member to access preferential rates.
- Tes Institute’s Straight to Teaching, Assessment Only QTS and iPGCE in association with COBIS
- University of Buckingham's Preliminary PGCE, International PGCE, Assessment Only QTS and MA in Education in association with COBIS
- University of Sunderland's PGCE Education IDL, PGCE Early Years Teaching IDL and Assessment Only QTS in association with COBIS
- Tellal Institute's Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice Qualification
- NHL Stenden University's International Teacher Education for Primary/Secondary Schools
- University of Birmingham Dubai's PGCE Programmes and PGCert in Inclusion and Special Education Needs
- University of Strathclyde iPGCE
Tes Institute’s Straight to Teaching, Assessment Only QTS and iPGCE in association with COBIS
COBIS members will now be able to access Tes Institute’s personalised and flexible QTS preparation programme Straight to Teaching, as well as an Assessment Only route to QTS and iPGCE at a discounted affiliate rate; a saving of up to £375 on the cost of Straight to Teaching or £175 for iPGCE. To access the discounted rate, use code COBIS5 when booking.
Tes Institute is the fully-accredited teacher training and development arm of Tes, and has supported around 4,000 teachers on routes to QTS in the UK and globally, combining in-person, online and school-based learning for partner schools.
iPGCE International Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Delivered in partnership with the University of East London (UEL), our part-time, Master's level, fully online iPGCE can help your teaching staff upskill while they continue to work at your international school. Supported by in-school mentor and online Tes pathway tutor. Available in most subject/specialisms. Next start date Sep 2020. Application deadline: 31 August 2020.
Application form: https://fs12.formsite.com/TESInstitute/ipgce/index.html
For further information and current course fees for Tes Institute’s Straight to Teaching and Assessment Only routes to QTS, and iPGCE – in association with COBIS – please click here.
The School of Education at the University of Buckingham has become one of the leading and largest providers of training for teachers and school leaders. The school offers the full continuum of training for staff and is delighted to be able to offer COBIS members discounted rates for the Preliminary PGCE, International PGCE, Assessment Only Route to QTS and MA in Education.
To view a copy of the University of Buckingham international brochure, please click here.
To receive the discounted rate, simply select COBIS from the drop down box on the relevant online application form at https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/school-of-education/
Next application deadline: TBC (no deadline for AO-QTS)
Initial Teacher Education at the University of Sunderland
Discounted rates available for COBIS Schools using the links below.
The ‘life changing’ University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses in Sunderland, London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and our track-record for providing quality student experiences resulting in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies. We are research active, with ten areas of 'world leading’ research - real-world research. Our graduates are sought-after, with 94.2% of our UK undergraduates and 95.8% of our UK postgraduates in employment or in further education within 6 months of graduating.
PGCE Education IDL
We have over 100 years’ experience of training teachers and are one of the largest providers of Initial teacher training in the UK in addition to 700 students worldwide. The PGCE Independent Distance Learning (IDL) Education programme is a world leading and internationally recognised teaching qualification which has been running since 2001. It has consistently attracted large cohorts in mainland China and Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Europe, Asia and Africa. The programme blends applied teaching theory and practice in three taught modules and a teaching practice module. The PGCE has been developed to enable it to be delivered to primary, secondary and post-16 teachers and to any subject specialism. It is a 36-week full-time course, completed in one academic year. The programme blends applied teaching theory and practice in three taught modules and one extended assessed teaching practice. The assessed teaching practice is a unique feature of our provision and one which makes it extremely popular with trainee teachers and employers. The PGCE has been developed to enable it to be delivered to primary, secondary and post-16 teachers and to any subject specialism. On the PGCE IDL, two of the modules are research-based and at Masters level, which prepares for further postgraduate study which can be undertaken with us in IDL mode. Many graduates are undertaking this as a further career-enhancing opportunity.
PGCE Early Years Teaching IDL
The Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Teaching programme is ideal for people living outside of the UK who already work with children aged 0-5. This course is aimed at professionals/practitioners who will engage in an intensive one year blended learning programme to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills with regard to working with children and families in the International Early Years’ context. Our course is unique and distinctive in that it offers a highly flexible mode of learning with course delivery and assessment entirely via distance using our university VLE (virtual learning environment), without ever having to come to the UK. This programme has four modules of applied theory (40 credits at undergraduate level and 60 credits at Masters level) which are spread out over the academic year. The four modules of applied theory allow for the examination of the context of young children’s learning and development. Exploration of how to assess development and learning, how to construct a curriculum and how to lead Early Years provision are integral to the programme. Additionally, and concurrently, two assessed teaching practices in an Early Years setting of your choice will be undertaken – either at your own workplace or with an employer who is willing to provide you with a placement and mentor.
The Assessment Only Route to QTS
The Assessment Only Route to QTS (AOR) is for experienced teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. Having delivered this route in the UK for several years, the University is conducting increasing numbers of assessments overseas in British International Schools, as obtaining QTS is seen as desirable. Applicants will have taught in at least two schools, normally for at least two years and across one of the following age ranges: 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary). The AOR allows candidates to demonstrate that they already meet all of the Teachers' Standards for QTS.
The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks which commences after registration with Department for Education, the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). If a candidate meets the eligibility criteria for AOR the University will ask for a detailed presentation of preliminary evidence at interview – then for the final recommendation for QTS we will re-assess evidence and assess teaching – normally at the school where the candidate is currently working.
Typical applications to this route include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. The AOR may be possible to undertake while teaching overseas, normally in a British International School.
Upon award of QTS, the next step is to undertake a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). This includes a personalised programme of professional support and further assessment against the core professional standards for teachers normally organised by your employing school or local authority. There is no formal teaching on Assessment Only Route to QTS.
Please contact the programme leader, Ian Elliott, for further details on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/short-courses-cpd/assessment-only-route-qts/
TELLAL is an Arabic word meaning hills or small mounds - a powerful way of visualising learning, which, for most, is rarely a straightforward, easy journey. It stands for Teacher Learning and Leadership for All.
Established in 2016 in the UAE by teachers for teachers, TELLAL strives to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in schools. Through its dynamic development of dual English and Arabic programmes, supported by innovative technology, it trains and develops teachers to an internationally benchmarked standard, meeting the growing global demand for quality learning and decisive leadership in schools.
KHDA Approved Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice (ATP)
TELLAL Institute's Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice provides a teaching qualification that allows you to teach in the Emirate of Dubai. Teachers who complete the Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice qualification may transfer their credits onto a Postgraduate or Professional Graduate international award. The value add of TELLAL's ATP is that the programme is validated, quality assured, and internationally benchmarked through their ICO, providing a pathway to continue your education journey beyond the UAE.
There are three ATP routes which lead to three distinct KHDA approved teaching qualifications.
- Teach Best Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice (General Route)
- a pre-service teacher training route aimed at graduates who want to be a Primary or Secondary teacher who currently have no educational qualifications. This route is delivered in English and Arabic.
- Teach Best Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice (Arabic Language A and B Route)
- a pre-service teacher training route aimed at graduates, who currently have no educational qualifications and who want to be an Arabic Language teacher for native or non-native students. This route is delivered in Arabic.
- Teach Best Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice (Early Years Route)
- a pre-service teacher training route aimed at graduates who want to be an Early Years teacher and who currently have no educational qualifications.
Features of each route:
- 10-month training programme. Cohorts start every September, January, and April
- Benchmarked and quality assured against the UAE QFE Level 7 (by TELLAL Institute)
- 1:1 personalised mentorship with an experienced teacher
- Fully immersed in a school environment
- Supported by theory sessions led by TELLAL Training Managers
- A minimum of one month’s experience of working with children is a requirement at application
- A salaried route is available for exceptional candidates
For more information about Tellal programmes, please click here.
NHL Stenden. Groundbreaking.
By expanding your boundaries, there is no telling what you might accomplish. That is why students, staff and partners are challenged every day to discover and develop their talents, as part of a journey that transcends the limits of their own professional field and immediate environment.
The multi-campus university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus. At all the Dutch and international branches, NHL Stenden are always looking for new ways to successfully integrate education, research and the latest developments in the professional world. The students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice. The courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries, both at a national as well as an international level.
COBIS and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences from the Netherlands have joined forces, aiming to stimulate pupils from British International Schools to consider and pursue a degree in international teacher education. NHL Stenden offers 2 unique Bachelor degree programmes in this field:
- International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps)
- International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITEss)
About 600 students from across the world are currently enrolled in these programmes, ready to make their marks in the world of international schools.
More information? Please contact Mr Peter Elting at email@example.com
University of Birmingham Dubai offers a range of campus-based PGCE programmes. Each of the following courses is a one-year, full-time programme, with school-based experiences to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. Applicants linked to COBIS Schools are eligible for a 5% discount on tuition fees. To register with the discount, please click here.
Suitable for those interested in becoming a teacher across the full 5–11 age range, the PGCE in Primary Education will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner through a significant emphasis on research-led teacher education. Time within the programme will be spent developing necessary subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science alongside consideration of whole school issues such as Managing Behaviour. More information.
PGCE Secondary Mathematics
Designed for those who want to teach pupils aged 11–18 years, the PGCE in Secondary Mathematics Education programme, is ideal if you want to inspire children to have a strong interest in mathematics. The programme develops a deep understanding of issues and complexities that surround the teaching and learning of mathematics, creating awareness on a range of topics, including planning lessons, assessment, and the difference between telling students information and teaching students. More information.
PGCE Secondary Science
Designed for those who want to teach pupils aged 11–16 years, the PGCE in Secondary Science Education programme develops your skills and abilities in understanding the complexities which surround the teaching and learning of science; the subject knowledge and the pedagogy. On the programme you will develop as a reflective and critically aware teacher through significant emphasis on research-led education. More information.
PGCert in Inclusion and Special Education Needs
This one-year part-time PGCert Inclusion and Special Educational Needs programme is a 60-credit postgraduate certificate and has been designed to supplement current teachers, school leaders, education policy leaders, and others working directly or indirectly with children with disabilities. The ISEN programme is a synthesis of topics, specifically: cross-cultural disability theory, inclusive policy and evaluation, and inclusive classroom practices. More information.
The University of Strathclyde is a multi-award-winning university and the only University to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice (2012 and 2019). The School of Education is ranked top 10 in the UK for Education (Complete University Guide 2021) and we’re a top 20 UK university for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014.
Why study the iPGCE at Strathclyde?
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) or iPGCE is a fully online Master’s level teacher professional development programme. Whether you're just starting out in your teaching career, or are keen to take your skills to the next level, the iPGCE offers fantastic learning opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to apply what you learn from the iPGCE to your own classroom as well as the wider community.
For more information or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.