Our Secondary teacher training programme for Biology is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, the University of Derby and five local secondary schools all with Good Ofsted ratings.
The majority of your time on this course will be spent in a local school, gradually taking on the role of class teacher, working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor. In addition, nine weeks will be spent in an additional secondary school, focussing on a different key stage to experience the full range of the secondary curriculum.
The start of the course will consist of a preliminary experience in a primary school that feeds in to your main secondary placement and trainees will also get the chance to spend on week in a special school.
One day each week your training will be split between FWTSA Hub sessions, held at a local school and time spent at the University of Derby. This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.
In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a co-tutor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.
Successful completion of the course leads to the award of PGCE and 60 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Derby and Qualified Teacher Status.
This course differs from our other BIOLOGY course on offer with the University of Leicester in that training for this course will be undertaken jointly with University of Derby and Forest Way Teaching School. Although placement schools are the same, the University of Leicester course provide all their own training and there will be no time spent training at FWTSA.