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Newman University works in partnership with a number of primary and secondary schools across the West Midlands.



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Mentor Training

Primary Coaching and Mentoring

Partnership tutors will undertake a coaching session with mentors when they undertake the joint observation with the school based tutor or class teacher in school. Please discuss with your partnership tutor when they contact you for the joint observation what you would like to focus upon within this session to develop you as a mentor.

New Mentor and Experienced Mentor Training Sessions for Primary Programmes

There will be Primary mentor training sessions for partner schools at Newman University during Autumn Term 2018.  Please complete the booking form and email to Margaret Bayliss to reserve a place or places.

Mentor Development Sessions for Secondary Programmes

At the start of each school based module Subject and Professional Mentors are invited to attend a briefing session here at Newman University.

Sessions will cover topics such as the paperwork requirements, processes and expectations of the University.  It is also an opportunity to meet members of the team, and discuss any concerns that may arise.

The Partnership Team are happy to meet with colleagues in school.  To book an appointment please contact:

Margaret Bayliss (Primary) or 0121 483 2204
Sandra Cable (Secondary) or 0121 483 2272


Partnership Information

Information for Schools

Working in Partnership with Newman
Newman aims to build constructive, reflective and responsive working relationships within early years settings, primary, secondary and middle schools and other non-formal education providers. Partnerships allow for pedagogic dialogue between professionals and provide settings where undergraduate and postgraduate students can undertake placements lasting from a few days to a year.

Successful partnerships ensure that our programmes are relevant and up-to-date for the next generation of teachers who are entering the profession and provide schools with the opportunity to use Newman’s strengths to support community cohesion developments.

Newman students bring new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to schools, reduce pupil/adult ratios, allow teachers to reflect on their own practice as well as bringing additional funding. At the same time Newman offers a member of staff to support, free mentor training, professional and academic accreditation for school-based tutors and negotiated CPD opportunities which impact upon school improvement.


Primary School Experience

This section contains all of the key documents required for school-based tutors, class-teachers, partnership tutors and trainees supervising or undertaking a primary school experience.

The General Documents for Primary SE section contains general information, grade descriptors, absence forms and Guidance Notes.

For information related to the relevant year or module, please click on the links below:

Undergraduate Courses:
UG Year One (Module SEI401)
UG Year Two (Module SEI501)
UG Years Three and Four (Final Year) (Module: SEI601)
UG Year Three (Four Year Pathway) (Modules SE612 and SE600)

Postgraduate Courses:
PGCE Primary
Primary School Direct

Useful Links:
Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012)
Ofsted – Latest Reports on Schools


Secondary School Experience

This section contains all of the key documents required for school-based tutors, class-teachers, partnership tutors and trainees supervising or undertaking a primary school experience.

For further information on the following, please click on the links below:

General Documents for Secondary School Experience
PGCE Secondary Documents
School Direct Secondary Documentation

Useful Links:
Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2012)
Ofsted – Latest Reports on Schools


National Priorities in Education

Newman University’s ITE courses are designed to support students in meeting the DfE’s National Priorities.  In 2014-2015 these are:

  • Managing Behaviour and Discipline
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Supporting under performing groups of pupils
  • Challenging Bullying

Managing Behaviour and Discipline

DfE – Getting the Simple Things Right – Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist: Advice from Charlie Taylor, the Government’s Expert Adviser on behaviour.

Bill Rogers Videos: One of a number of useful videos available on YouTube.

Behaviour2Learn: This website provides practical resources to support the development of positive behaviour in classrooms and schools including a range of scenarios to work through.

DfE – Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools: Advice on behaviour in schools.

CEOP: A key resource on e-safety.  Please discuss with your school’s designated safeguarding officer before using any of the material.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image: report about the effects of negative body image on boys and girls and the links to bullying in schools.

Department for Education (DfE) School Behaviour Advice and Guidance Section:

Ofsted report below the radar: 2014 report on combating low level disruption in the classroom.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Newman University has developed a range of on-line VLE materials to support trainees’ pedagogical development relating to EAL.  All trainees are expected to engage with these resources.

NALDIC – The Distinctiveness of EAL Pedagogy: This page summarises principles that underpin good practice for pupils learning EAL.

Aiming High: Meeting the Needs of Newly Arrived Learners of English as an Additional Language:  Materials to support trainees teaching newly arrived EAL learners.

DfE – EAL Resources: The Department’s strategy for supporting pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), including case studies and useful publications.

NALDIC – EAL Guidance Resources Library: EAL guidance to help with the teaching of EAL and bilingual learners from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum.

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC): Home page of the national subject association for EAL.  Provides links, resources and training for all trainees working with EAL learners.

NALDIC – What does Ofsted define as Good Practice In EAL: Advice on how Ofsted are assessing good practice in EAL teaching under the new inspection regime introduced in September 2012.

QCA – A language in common: Assessing English as an Additional Language: QCA document providing advice on assessing progress and attainment in English as an Additional Language.

Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND)

Statutory guidance for the support of children who have Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

Department for Education (DfE) Special Educational Needs Section: This section provides a wide range of information, advice and materials for teachers, parents and others caring for or working with disabled children and young people or those with SEN in England.

NASEN guide to the SEN Code of Practice for 0 to 25 years: National Association for SEN advice on the new Code of Practice to be implemented from September 2014

DfE – Advanced Training Materials: E-learning study units designed for those with a secure basic understanding of SEND to further develop their understanding of autism, dyslexia, speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

DfE – Training for Teaching SEND Students: Training materials to support the continuing professional development of the teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Further information can be found in the following links below:

Dyslang: The aim of Dyslang is to support the multilingual dyslexic individual in learning an additional curriculum language. The site also provides useful information about dyslexia and bilingualism. guide for children with Special Educational Needs: Overview of entitlements due for pupils with SEND.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN): Homepage of Nasen the leading organisation in the UK promoting the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.

Parliament website section on SEND: Provides links on the parliamentary business related to SEND.

DfE/ DoH – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: Statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with SEN.

DfE: Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities

Supporting Underperforming Groups of Pupils

Ofsted – Unseen Children Report: This report presents the results of year-long review by Ofsted into current patterns of disadvantage and educational success across England, to learn the lessons of recent policy initiatives.

DfE – Pupil Premium Raising the achievement of disadvantage children: Overview of policy and initiatives to raise achievement of all pupils.

Education Endowment Fund – Teaching and learning Toolkit: Designed to support teachers to make their own informed choices and adopt a more ‘evidence based’ approach to tackling educational underachievement.

Ofsted – Looked after children: good practice in schools: Short report based on a small-scale survey of good practice in schools in relation to looked after children.

DfE – Improving the outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils: final report: 2010 report focused on issues faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and what can be done to improve educational outcomes for this group.

The Sutton Trust: The Sutton Trust works to combat educational inequality and this website contains research findings, useful links and resources to support those working in education.

National Education Trust – Independent foundation leading excellent practice and innovation: The National Education Trust aims to close the ‘achievement gap’. This website contains information on policy developments, advice on school improvement and contains advice on good practice.

Challenging bullying

DfE – Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for school staff and school leaders on preventing and responding to bullying as part of their overall behaviour policy

Kidscape: Advice for professionals on racist bullying

Stonewall – Tackling Homophobic Language: A guide for teachers to understand the use of and challenge homophobic language

Ofsted – No Place for Bullying: this report from June 2012 focuses on how schools can create a positive culture to prevent and tackle bullying.

NSPCC: Resources, training and guidance for teachers and schools to prevent and respond to bullying

Stonewall Education guides: Stonewall has produced a series of practical guides for primary and secondary schools with good practice case studies and tips on a range of issues

Stonewall – the School Report: report of the findings of their research into homophobic bullying in schools.

Stonewall – Initial Teacher Training: This guide is designed to help all trainee teachers access information on how to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.