This is a part-time, non-salaried primary general (5 - 11 years) course, leading to QTS (with a PGCE). The course will run from September 2020 – December 2021 and trainees will train three days a week (Wednesday – Friday).
The course has three key elements:
From the first day in September, trainees commence their training within a main placement school, enabling them to become an integral part of the teaching team and quickly form strong relationships with colleagues, pupils and parents/carers. They will spend time in school each week, working alongside an experienced teacher tutor who will provide daily coaching and support. This school experience is complemented further in the summer term by a placement in a contrasting setting and key stage.
In addition to the school-based training, trainees attend weekly core training sessions at a range of venues across the partnership. These generally take place on Fridays and provide a coherent programme, closely linked to the Teachers’ Standards and national curriculum, as well as covering areas such as safeguarding, E-Safety, behaviour management and emotional wellbeing. These sessions help trainees to develop a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking by encouraging them to critically reflect on research in relation to their own classroom practice. Part-time trainees will attend the same sessions as the full-time trainees to help them feel part of the main cohort and giving them equal opportunities to benefit from peer support and the sharing of ideas and good practice.
Trainees on this course also work towards a Level 7 PGCE (carrying 60 Masters’ credits), awarded by Buckingham University. Trainees will attend a series of workshops, led by colleagues from the Campfire Education Trust, to fully prepare them for the written modules.
Please see below for further information about the school placements.
Trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and their progress towards these standards is reviewed at regular intervals throughout the course. A wide range of evidence is used when making judgements, such as observations, half termly reports, evidence bundles, assignments and the trainees’ own reflections.
The focus of all assessment activities is developmental - with the clear aim of helping trainees to further improve the quality of their teaching.
The final assessment point is in December (at the end of the 4th term), when a final grade for each Standard is determined, as well as an overall grade.