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Birmingham City University (BCU)

Birmingham City University is a large, diverse, modern University with around 22,000 students drawn from 80 countries. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates, with the Sunday Times University Guide 2013 ranking us in the UK top 30 for the proportion of our students entering graduate-level jobs.

The University contributes around £270 million into the regional economy annually and support thousands of jobs in the area. We’re investing £180 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 10 UK university for spending on facilities in 2012 and 2013.

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity

The Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences comprises three Schools: Law, Education and Social Sciences, all of which enjoy a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and learning. From foundation degrees and undergraduate courses to postgraduate diplomas and PhDs, our courses combine academic excellence with a strong vocational focus, equipping students with the intellectual skills they need to be successful and the ability to transfer their knowledge to the workplace. The School of Education at Birmingham City University is one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher education and enjoys an enviable reputation for delivering the highest quality courses, with our primary and secondary teacher training programmes rated by the national inspectorate, Ofsted, as Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’. We offer a range of courses for educational professionals, trainee teachers and serving teachers that cover the school age phases from primary through to continuing adult education, at every study level from undergraduate to PhD. The School of Education provides high quality teaching, delivered by dedicated and caring staff, all of whom have either been teachers or have worked in education. The School trains more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands and is the 10th largest teacher training provider in the UK. In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey 94 per cent of Birmingham City University trained newly qualified primary and secondary teachers rated the quality of their training good or very good.

In addition to ITT activity the School supports a vibrant post qualification community of teachers who chose us as a first choice Continuing Professional Development provider. Phil Taylor has oversight of our masters and CPD programmes in Education. Phil has designed and developed two new CPD pathways that have successfully recruited teachers from across the region. The Masters in Teaching and Learning and the Masters in Education and Leadership are innovative school-based programmes that make use of practice-based enquiry methods. Rather than recruiting students individually the MTL and MEL programmes recruit whole cohorts of students from partner schools to work collaboratively on common and whole school issues. As such they are well supported by head teachers, who may contribute to teaching, and deliver relevant and impactful outcomes.

The School of Education works in close partnership with a large network of schools and colleges across the West Midlands of England to deliver its portfolio of teacher training. This year 900 students will undertake multiple placements in over 1300 partner schools. This includes primary, secondary and special schools. We have additional relationships with early years settings and tertiary colleges, including sixth form colleges, which now deliver compulsory education to 16-18 year olds under a new government policy initiative that requires all 16-18 year olds in England to be in either education or training.

Significantly and in recognition of its outstanding work with schools Birmingham City University was awarded Academy Trust status by the UK ministry for education in July 2013. This enables the university to undertake direct ‘sponsorship’, responsibility for performance and finances, of local schools. This facilitates a very close, dynamic association between the University and the Schools it sponsors.