We are happy to accept students and volunteers into school who have an interest in SEND. We have a long and successful history of helping people at all levels into our profession.
For those training to be teachers, even if they do not intend to remain in the specialist field, there is much to be learnt from a school like Broadmeadow. In every school there are children with additional needs and the specialist strategies and interventions that we use here can be applied in many settings. We link with a number of universities to support trainee teachers, offering placements and mentoring support.
For those interested in Child Development we link with colleges to offer placements of various lengths.
How do we deliver placements at Broadmeadow?
Teaching placements are usually facilitated through the universities who have a good relationship with our qualified mentors. Universities we are currently linked with are Birmingham City University, Wolverhampton University and University College Birmingham. A full package of support is given to trainee teachers including regular observations, mentor meetings and target setting. Trainees are also encouraged to make the most out of their placement by observing good practice and linking with external services, they are also often invited to staff meeting and training events as well as Parent Evening.
Those on appropriate courses get in touch with Clare Temple our placement co-ordinator who will invite them into school for an initial visit. During the visit she will give them a tour of school, talk them through the student handbook, various paperwork and policies. They will be placed in a class appropriate to their course requirements and the class team will ensure the student has opportunities to complete observations, coursework etc. Termly meetings are planned to ensure students are happy and are getting all the opportunities they need to complete their placement with us.