On the NTTP Social Sciences course, students will train towards a professional teaching qualification, achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course requires a study of academic literature and completion of professional assignments, alongside two school based placements. The course is designed to show that trainee teachers demonstrate that they have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
Training to teach Social Sciences, you will be required to consider how you can develop student’s ability to become analytical and evaluative thinkers. Throughout the course you will be trained to devise creative and inspiring activities to teach theory, research and the methodology of the social sciences. A fundamental feature of your training will be creating your capacity to develop within students their ability to understand and apply learning in a scientific manner. You will learn how to engage and inspire your students through a wide range of strategies in order that they become independent critical thinkers.
The course will focus on training you to teach your main social science subject (usually psychology and/or sociology) at A level. You will also be provided with the opportunity to develop your teaching practice in a second subject through teaching psychology at GCSE, alternatively there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities or science.
You will receive a practice-led, hands-on experience. Trainees are supported by a Subject Based Tutor within school, the Professional Tutor of the school and from NTTP SCITT, by the Lead Subject Mentor and the Programme Facilitators. Subject Studies and General Professional Study sessions enhance your knowledge of teaching and learning and help to develop your pedagogy.
You will spend the majority of your course in the classroom; working with dedicated professionals. This is the best place to learn the art of teaching. During your placements you will teach pupils in the 11 to 18 age range.
Subject Studies are delivered as twilight sessions so that you have the tools to succeed in your school placements. Sessions are delivered by your Lead Subject Mentor and other experienced teachers.
A selection of subject studies sessions are as follows:
• Understanding and teaching the maths requirement in Social Science
• How to teach the topic of memory incorporating experiments
• How to deliver research methods effectively
• How to key stage 4 Psychology
• How to teach students to answer the extended questions