This is a part-time, salaried primary general course, leading to QTS (with a PGCE). The course will run from September 2021 – December 2022 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 their employing 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 by a second placement in a contrasting setting and key stage.
As a salaried trainee and employee of the school, trainees may be given some class responsibility as the course progresses. This is great experience and is always carefully managed to ensure that a good balance between training and teaching is maintained.
In addition to the school-based training, all trainees will attend weekly core training sessions which take place in a range of venues across the partnership on Fridays. These sessions provide a coherent, well-sequenced programme, which meets the statutory requirements of the Core Content Framework.
Part-time trainees will attend the same sessions as the full-time trainees to help them feel part of the main cohort and to give them equal opportunities to benefit from peer support and the sharing of ideas and good practice.
Academic Study: PGCE
Trainees on this course also work towards a 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.
The assessment of trainees forms an important part of the programme, as it enables trainees to reflect on how well they are mastering the core curriculum and gaining proficiency in fundamental skills in English and maths. Ongoing formative assessments are embedded within the programme, helping trainees to identify their strengths and areas for development at all stages of their training.
Towards the end of the programme (December 2022), trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and after demonstrating that they are meeting these requirements, a recommendation is made for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Great care has been taken to ensure that evidence collection is both purposeful and manageable.