Links with The University of Derby

Pupils receive expert help to gain the reading and writing skills they need to do well in all subjects. As a result, pupils make good progress

There is much joy in this school. Pupils value their teachers, and the rich and diverse community in which they learn

Teachers take account of individual pupils’ needs in their good lesson planning. They make sure that pupils, even those who arrive at unusual points in the school year, are quickly assimilated and make good progress

Teaching is strong in the sixth form. Teachers are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. They show great commitment. Students are fulsome in their praise of the impact their teachers have had on their future education

Lessons are characterised by strong and positive relationships between pupils and teachers. Teachers know pupils well. Often teachers target the learning that individual pupils need because they know them so well

In key stages 1 and 2 teachers plan many opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.

The Bemrose School have been supporting The University of Derby for several years by taking Childhood and Youth Studies students on placement. These placements are for 2 days a week throughout the academic year, with third year students also completing extended 2 week blocks throughout the year.

Students have been successfully placed across Inclusion, on rotation across departments initially, followed by at least 2 terms within one particular area. Students have chosen to be based within: Care and Guidance (pastoral), the Elmtree unit (ASD) and the Enhanced Resource Facility (ASD and communication difficulties). All students undertake the role of teaching assistant for part of their day, supporting students with special educational needs within mainstream lessons. In addition, some students have successfully planned (with support) and delivered small intervention groups.

The school also offers the opportunity to enhance their understanding of teaching and learning of BEd students through enhanced placement opportunities. Students are usually placed in pairs and are in the school for a week, largely to observe SEN teaching and help out, though they do have a small teaching task to complete at the end of their week in school.

We have also offered extended placements to third year Occupational Therapy and Theatre and Dance students in the past.