This course has been carefully designed, together with the University of Cumbria, and expert teachers, to ensure that you complete it with all the knowledge, pedagogy and teaching and learning skills required to be an excellent ‘Teacher of Biology’. We firmly believe that if you want to be able to teach, the best way to do so is to learn from outstanding teacher practitioners; this means that your training is very much school based and ‘hands on’.
You will undertake placements in two of our carefully selected cluster schools; your first placement is from September to December and the second from January to June. On placement you will be given the chance to build up a teaching timetable, with the help of an experienced subject mentor and professional mentor. The programme will also allow you to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education; this will not only help you understand the mechanics of teaching, but also stay ahead of the game when it comes to employment.
The course also offers immeasurable support, both from placement schools and the University; this is in terms of your assignments, teaching practice and subject knowledge, as well as pastorally. Moreover, during the year you will also be fortunate enough to attend at least 20 school based training days, delivered by a wide range of experts, and 12 subject specific training days at the University. This will ensure you have all the knowledge you require to turn you into a confident, happy and successful teacher. Other exciting opportunities include a day at a primary school, conferences and a day in college to look at transition; however, the beauty of this programme is that we can also offer alternative placements/days out, if you have a particular area or institute you wish to specialise in.
Additionally, all of our cluster schools are and located within a small geographical area; this means you do not have to travel huge distances – great for those who have family or other commitments. Even the University, where you will attend for training, is conveniently located in Lancaster.
Finally, due to the outstanding reputation of Bishop Rawstorne, as a teacher training provider, and our cluster schools as experts in initial teacher training, we guarantee you a fantastic experience and due to our extensive contacts within the area, the best possible chance of securing employment on completion of the course.