The next two scheduled BFTP1 courses at the Bach Centre run 3 to 5 November 2020, and 13 to 15 April 2021
The Bach Foundation Teachers Programme Level 1 (BFTP1) comprises a course, on-going activities and an observation, designed to help Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners teach groups of people about the remedies.
The course runs once a year at the Bach Centre in the UK, and from 2019 is also available in other countries by special arrangement.
BFTP1 Stage 1: the BC-ACE course
BFTP1 starts with a workshop that aims to draw on and develop any existing experience you have of teaching, and help you apply your skills to teaching Dr Bach’s system.
You will be encouraged to:
- identify your professional role as a teacher
- develop your group and course management skills
- adapt existing introductory course material for delivery to different student groups and under different timetables
- identify and enhance your teaching style through practical exercises and interactive group work
- develop course evaluation and assessment procedures
- discuss teaching methods and resources with your peer-group
Once you complete the workshop, and in addition to the skills gained during the course, you will have access to material that will help you when you come to run your own courses on the remedies:
- The loan of a teaching pack containing an introductory level course.
- An online resource library of teaching materials (to which all participants are invited to contribute).
Attendance of Stage 1 of the BFTP1 is certificated under the Bach Centre’s Bach Centre-approved Continuing Education scheme, and you will receive a BC-ACE certificate at this stage.
BFTP1 Stage 2: mentoring and experience
You can stop at stage 1 and continue to teach your own independent introductory courses. Or – if you are eligible (see below) – you can move on to the optional BFTP1 stage 2, which can lead to your being licensed to teach Bach Centre-approved Level 1 courses.
During stage 2 you will be asked to teach introductory courses on the remedies for a minimum of 45 hours.
To count towards the 45 hours the groups you teach must include at least five students and you must send in lesson plans well before each course. We will ask you and your students to evaluate the preparation, presentation and content of your courses.
You will receive the following additional support:
- Feedback from an experienced teacher-training mentor, who will help you plan your lessons and discuss any issues and challenges you meet as you start to teach the remedies.
- Supplementary materials, such as evaluation and assessment forms.
No additional charge will be made for this support or for the optional stage of the course.
BFTP1 Stage 3: observation and licensing
Our ultimate aim is to license BFRPs to teach approved Level 1 courses in their local area. Students of licensed teachers can be assured that they are being taught reliable material and are being adequately prepared for Level 2 and 3 training.
In order to gain Level 1 approval for your courses you need to go forward to the third and final BFTP1 stage, which involves an observation of your teaching.
We will ask you to have a video made of a session of your teaching, which will then be sent to us for evaluation. Following a favourable report at the observation stage the Bach Centre will license you to teach Level 1 courses, and will issue Level 1 certificates to you that you can pass to your students.
As a teacher of approved Level 1 courses you will also be able to set up validation days so that students taught by other practitioners (or students taught by you in the past) can gain Level 1 certificates.
Who can attend BFTP1?
Any current Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) can attend stage 1 of the course and receive the associated BC-ACE certificate.
Stages 2 and 3 are open to BFRPs who live and work (and intend to teach) in a country where there are no or few alternative teacher-training opportunities available.
If there is an existing approved education programme in your country it may make sense for you to train to teach that way, and we will ask you to investigate that possibility first.
If you haven’t already done so, check out local arrangements
What to do now
If you would like to have a BFTP1 teacher come to your country and teach a group of BFRPs there, if necessary with the help of an interpreter, contact the Bach Centre.
If you feel you are eligible for BFTP1 and want to come to the Bach Centre to learn, you can find out more and apply online.