As a trainee with St John Vianney (Lead school) you will be training in one of the 30 primary schools in Hartlepool under the Together to Succeed Alliance.
As a School Direct trainee with Durham University’s PGCE Course, you will follow their comprehensive academic programme which will provide you with an excellent range of teaching and learning strategies and a broad curriculum knowledge.
Both Core and all Foundation subjects are studied in depth and you are given the opportunity to put this learning into practice both with the university and on school placement. The academic programme is coupled with extensive time in school, with experience gained in a variety of settings and contexts.
As a trainee with St John Vianney, you will spend every Thursday and Friday either: at St John Vianney’s taking part in seminars or class based activities, your placement school or on an Enhancement focus day looking at English as an Additional Language (EAL), Early Years or Special Educational Needs (SEN)
In addition to your weekly days in school, you will complete block placements throughout the year. Your Preliminary placement will be in two blocks: one of four weeks and a second of three weeks. These will take place before and after Christmas.
Your main teaching placement will begin around Easter, in an alternate school, and will last for ten weeks. This placement will provide you with experience in the alternative key stage and in a contrasting location/catchment area.
All of our schools in our alliance are experienced in hosting trainees and will be able to support your needs. Class mentors are trained and continued support provided by St John Vianney leadership staff. In fact, there is a designated member of staff at St John Vianney who has the role and responsibility for the training and development of ITT students. So you can be assured that this personalised support will address your needs and provide any necessary coaching, advice and guidance throughout the year.
As part of the course, in Partnership with Durham University, will be expected to submit assignments relating to your learning and development. These three submissions are at Masters level. These submissions are assessed by University tutors and staff. The University Progress board will also make the final recommendation for QTS at the end of the course.