Your school-based experience takes place in a Home School, supported by experienced, well-trained mentors. A long term placement in a Home School ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and are a recognised and valued member of the school team. A liaison tutor from LJMU is assigned to each school and is responsible for visiting regularly to support both trainees and their mentors.
In addition to a Home School placement you will also undertake a 6 week alternative placement. You have the opportunity to develop your skills in a different Key Stage and contrasting setting. When required school experienced is further enhanced by visits to different schools to experience a range of contexts.
MAITT hold an annual matching day for our tuition trainees to meet Partnership Schools, this supports us in matching you with a placement school which allows you to thrive and develop your ability to be an outstanding and reflective practitioner. Matching day has proven to be very successful in placing our trainee teachers in their placements.
You are supported through a weekly review/feedback meeting with your mentor and regular support from your Liaison Tutor. This “wraparound” care ensures that you are consistently supported from start to finish, both personally and professionally. Relationships are very close and constructive.
We work with schools across a number of North West local authorities; these include a diverse range of settings. Our MAITT family of schools is committed to trainee teacher development and to the Partnership with the University. Mentor training and development events hosted both at MAITT/LJMU ensure our experienced mentors understand our expectations and are committed to offering high quality guidance and support to each trainee.
The programmes focuses on the 5-11 age range, however trainees also gain some experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
School experience is structured in Phases, this begins with an observation phase, so that you can develop appropriate confidence and competence. You will take on greater responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses. Your final assessment for QTS is conducted at the end of the year.