Drama students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status. The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed in line with the ITT Core Content Framework with focus on Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours. By the end of the course trainee teachers must meet the Teachers Standards in full.
Training to be a Drama teacher you will work with a team of experienced and inspirational teachers, who are prepared to share their knowledge with you. You will develop classroom skills, plan and deliver lessons across KS3, GCSE. You will be guided to improve your practice at every step. You will be able to get involved in the extracurricular activities of the Drama departments and see your students in new light.
You receive a practice-led, hands-on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor and Professional Tutor within school, and the Lead Subject Mentor and Programma Facilitator from the NTTP SCITT.
Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy. Constant self-reflection allows trainees to assess their strengths and development potential, which should allow progression and confidence.
During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 16 age range.
Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions and take place in the first half of the year so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. They are designed to illustrate ways to help you apply your knowledge and understanding in designing and teaching lessons.
Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers from within partnership schools.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows, in addition to in-depth specialist training for Drama, with the possibility of post 16.
- Performance in the Arts classroom
- Creativity in the Arts classroom
- Assessment in the Arts classroom
- Differentiation in the Arts Classroom
- Crossovers between Arts subjects
During the selection process, you will complete a Subject Knowledge Audit. You will review this with your LSM at the start of the training year and at each assessment point where targets will be set. Subject Studies sessions will help you to meet these targets, but will also be responsible for identifying and filling any gaps in your subject knowledge.