Tollbar Family of Academies is a unique Multi Academy Trust (MAT) led by experienced educationalists responsible for one of the largest and most successful schools in the country. Tollbar MAT aims to offer a world-class, 21st century education to the young people in all its Academies, providing life-long learning opportunities and creating centres of excellence, which model the successful practices at Tollbar Academy, bringing confidence and pride to the local community. To learn more about the Trust visit our website http://www.tollbarmat.co.uk/
Tollbar MAT works closely with the University of Hull to offer teacher trainees a high quality programme which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as enabling candidates to achieve a PGCE. The programme is aimed at those who want to teach children in the 3–7 age range, that is, Foundation and Key Stage 1. In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards, set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and university-based periods during the year.
The PGCE Year Outline
For most of the autumn term trainees spend two days each week in school and three days at the university.
The university-based days comprise workshops, supplemented by lectures and tutorials, covering the full range of Core and Foundation subjects. In addition to the subject-based sessions, the Professional Studies Course addresses generic aspects of primary education such as child development, behaviour management, planning, assessment, special educational needs, teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language. The two days each week that are spent in schools complement the university-based sessions.
The first teaching placement period commences straight after Christmas and lasts for eight weeks. This is preceded by two weeks of preparatory time in the placement school immediately before Christmas. Trainees are expected to take responsibility for whole classes of pupils, with a teaching load of 60-65% encompassing a range of subjects.
The summer term is devoted to the final teaching placement which, like the spring term placement, lasts for eight weeks and is preceded by two weeks of preparatory time in school. Again, trainees are expected to teach whole classes of pupils across a range of subjects, but with a slightly increased workload of 70-75%.