Generally, trainees will have two school placements during the course: a main placement and a second placement.
Main Placement: This is the school in which the trainee will spend most of their time. By remaining with the same class for the majority of the first year, trainees develop a secure understanding of pupils’ progress over time, how this is tracked and used to inform future teaching. During the first three terms (year 1), trainees will typically spend two days in school and 1 day (Friday) at core training. In the fourth term (Year 2), trainees will have completed the centre-based training and will therefore remain in school for the full three days.
Second Placement: During the first year, a second placement will take place in the summer term (May-July), giving trainees the opportunity to experience a contrasting setting and different key stage. During this time, centre-based training is reduced, increasing the number of days in school.
Second placement familiarisation days provide trainees with an opportunity to spend time in their new school, prior to the placement commencing. This enables trainees to familiarise themselves with the school’s ethos, routines and planning and form strong relationships with colleagues, helping them to maximise their progress during this short but vital phase of training.
Enhancement Visits: These visits are built into our core training programme, giving trainees regular opportunity to spend time in different schools and settings, enabling them teach in a wide range of contexts. Enhancement visits focus on specific areas such as behaviour management, Pupil Premium, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and transition from KS2 to KS3. However, in support of our personalised training programme, training managers can arrange additional visits, if a trainee has a specific interest they would like to pursue.
Bourton Meadow arranges placements on behalf of trainees. When selecting schools, we consider a wide range of factors including geographical location, preferred key stage, type of school, previous experience, chosen course etc. However, we are also able to accommodate requests for a specific school (with the Headteacher’s agreement) if an applicant already has a link with the school.