With TVTSA you will learn the skills to become an outstanding teacher. After 9 years delivering the course we have developed a bespoke training plan to meet the needs of all trainees.
Our course is unique in that we cover 5 local authorities and offer training both in conjunction with the Gateshead SCITT and through the use of our Specialist Leaders of Education. These outstanding teachers deliver training from The Arts to EAL in a small group environment to enable trainees to ask questions and feel involved. We also run training with two other alliances so trainees have the opportunity to get to know others learning to teach and develop a network of contacts. Placements are allocated with your travel in mind.
Trainees complete two placements over the length of the course. We have deliberately kept 2 placements as feedback tells us trainees can really get to know the children, families and staff. Head teachers also like to have trainees in for a longer placement as they can get to know them well and this can often result in them being offered a position. All our previous trainees have been offered teaching positions with over half within our alliance of schools. Some have now progressed on to become senior leaders.
In between placements at the start of February trainees break up the course with a two week placement at Sele First Hexham observing Science Technology Engineering and Maths teaching. They have the opportunity to work alongside other professionals such as scientists and doctors.
Trainees are given the choice of their preferred key phases for each placement and have the opportunity to spend time in all three from Early Years to Upper Key Stage 2 should they wish.
Trainees will have a school mentor, a university mentor and a lead school mentor meaning support is always readily available. The lead school mentor lives the journey with you and will be in contact every week.
Teaching builds up gradually based on previous experiences in school. We are led by trainees as their confidence grows.
Trainees will compete the course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 credits towards a Masters degree.
Please visit our website at SELEfirst to read a testimonial from one of our most recent trainees.
We also offer school direct taster sessions which will be advertised on our website.
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