Our Secondary teacher training programme for Biology is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Alliance – FWA, the University of Derby and five local secondary schools all with a Good Ofsted rating.
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, focusing on a different key stage to experience the full range of the secondary curriculum and trainees will also get the chance to spend one week in a special school.
One day each week your training will be split between FWA Hub sessions, held at a local venue 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.