St James’s Teaching Partnership working in collaboration with e-Qualitas to provide this ITT course which is school-based, involving a blend of school-led training, independent study and training provided by e-Qualitas.
The training modules cover:
managing pupils’ behaviour;
learning for all including high-attainers, EAL, those with special educational needs;
overcoming barriers to learning;
the organisation of the curriculum and cross-curricular issues;
effective teaching of the subject.
There are two assignments: one on learning for all and one on effective subject teaching.
Our trainees spend most of their time in school. They move from co-teaching with experienced staff to independent teaching (with support and advice from other teachers). Most trainees are teaching about a 50% timetable by a third of the way through their course, rising to 60% in the middle term, and rising again in the final term.
A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period which will be arranged with one of our Partnership Schools.
Trainees attend about 10 training days with e-Qualitas (location to be determined). There is a comprehensive on-line library to support independent study, and pro-forma that can be used for lesson planning, observations, structure evaluative writing etc. A tutor from e-Qualitas visits for a whole day each half term.
Assessment is on-going, with self-assessment, 5-weekly assessment points for the in-school trainers’ assessments and feedback, and tutor assessments. The final assessment for QTS is verified by an eQualitas tutor who has not been previously involved in the trainee’s training.