Our training programme has been highly commended in our Ofsted report.
See our LETTA NQTs talking about the programme.
Our partner schools are all in Tower Hamlets or Newham. Please see our prospectus on (www.letta.org.uk) for current partner schools. Training days take place at Stebon Primary, E14.
Trainees are out of school once a week and sometimes on other occasions. The training covers various topics eg.,
- Mindset theory
- Learning theories
- Child development
- Behaviour for Learning/Behaviour Management
- Philosophy for children (p4c)
- Shared/guided reading/phonics
- Foundation subjects
- Children’s wellbeing
Sessions are led by school practitioners, LETTA tutors, consultants, authors, nationally known figures, eg., Prof. Barry Hymer, Pie Corbett, Jenny Mosley, Dr. Bill Rogers, Sir John Jones, Shirley Clarke.
Trainees are in school for four days a week. Over the course of the year, the amount of planning and teaching gradually increases so that trainees become accomplished teachers ready for their first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Trainees work alongside a class teacher/mentor who consistently demonstrates good and outstanding practice. Trainees also learn by observing mentors and school staff, and focusing upon children’s learning. Trainees attend all school inset and meetings and are part of the school team.
Trainees also have experiences in other schools including Phoenix Primary and Secondary School (autism focus) and for the 5-11 group, a secondary school. (KS3 focus) The programme also includes visits to other primary schools and settings.
There is an opportunity for a science field trip to Oxford. LETTA has a strong emphasis on creativity. Drama, dance and cross-curricular learning is a feature of all our programmes.
The PGCE is led by tutors from Sheffield Hallam University who visit us to deliver the course. There are two assignments. The first is about classroom talk and the second a collaborative lesson study - an area of research chosen by trainees.
LETTA monitors workload carefully. We build in study days into the LETTA timetable, keep paperwork relevant to trainees’ learning and provide personal and pastoral support when necessary.
LETTA prides itself in giving wellbeing a priority. We encourage social events, and discussion and communication so we can support each other and celebrate successes, no matter how small. We will get to know you as individuals.