An intensive programme of initial teacher education which aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of your chosen subject and in the general professional role of the teacher.
The intention is to provide you with a set of insights, perspectives and information upon which you can build as your career develops and to present a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable course.
On this course you will develop the following:
- a broad range of practical teaching skills
- appropriate personal qualities and professional attitudes
- an informed understanding of curriculum and teaching methodology
- the capacity to reflect critically on professional practice
- a cogent personal philosophy of education
In school you will have the support of a trained mentor, with whom you meet every week and who oversees and guides your professional development. You are also allocated a Programme Manager and a Subject Tutor and receive at least six supportive visits during the year. In addition, supporting material is provided on the VLE.
You are assessed on your teaching in the classroom, written assignments and presentations completed during the year. You must also complete an extensive electronic professional portfolio demonstrating your achievement in relation to the Teachers' Standards for QTS and satisfy the Partnership that you have attended all parts of the course diligently throughout the year.
You will be employed and paid a salary by Avon Valley School and will work alongside outstanding practitioners.
You will spend Monday to Thursday in school and attend central training on a Friday. This includes Professional Days with the whole cohort together, which explore generic issues such as behaviour for learning and special educational needs, and Subject Days in smaller groups, which focus on subject-specific or phase specific pedagogy.
These days are held in a number of different venues (often in Peterborough) which can be quite a distance from Rugby.
In the second half of the year you will attend your placement school on a Friday.
During the summer term and before the start of the course, you will need to arrange and carry out a two-day Primary school visit and a one-day visit to a Special School. This is to see how the practice in these schools compares with that in a mainstream secondary school.
The course will start in late August with two or three induction days (often in Peterborough).