Stour Vale Academy Trust (https://www.svat.org.uk/train) offers Primary School Direct training in a range of exciting and innovative schools. Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Partnership includes a number of excellent schools across the Black Country where trainees will spend the majority of their time. School Direct trainees enjoy more time in school than their PGCE Core counterparts, learning and honing their craft at the chalkface!
We work in unison with The University of Wolverhampton as one of our HE providers to deliver a high-quality training programme for our trainee teachers.
Wolverhampton offer a comprehensive Professional Studies programme which includes training in all aspects of school life. Trainees attend theory sessions in university with the majority of their time being spent in school. Sessions are designed to support trainees’ development in the core areas of the Core Content Framework (CCF) and provide avaluable insight into pedagogical approaches. The PGCE element of the course is assessed in university where trainees complete assignments throughout the year, all of which, alongside successful school placements, must be passed in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Trainees spend the first few weeks of the Autumn Terms in university and are then in their lead school from October to Christmas. After Christmas, trainees spend time in university again and enhanced placements are arranged to widen trainees’ experience of different contexts. A second school placement, in a different school, is arranged between March and June.
The Autumn term will consist in observing lessons and working collaboratively with other teachers, and trainees begin to teach independently after October half-term. Teaching allocations are then increased gradually.
All trainees are fully supported by both their mentor and professional mentor in school where they will apply what they have learned in Professional Studies into the classroom. The subject mentor will provide subject-specific support, including access to the latest teaching and learning strategies in order to become a confident teacher. In addition to school and university support, the Stour Vale Central Team will be with you at every stage of the course to provide professional guidance, expert pedagogical knowledge, along with heaps of advice, support, and encouragement!
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