We call members of our School Direct Programme ‘Graduate Teachers’ (GTs) and they work within The Mead Academy Trust and our partner schools. GTs follow a school-based training programme and work alongside outstanding practitioners. This develops the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to create inspirational, creative, purposeful teachers, within a highly supportive environment.
High quality training is delivered by outstanding teachers within our Trust, partner schools and The University of Gloucester. Input includes a range of specialist pedagogical workshops, seminars and practice-based opportunities.
GTs have full access to The University of Gloucester, an outstanding provider of teacher education, and its excellent facilities.
All GTs receive the highest quality support throughout the course from both us and the University, including academic and pastoral support. The majority of training takes place in Trowbridge, facilitated by University and school staff. GTs attend the University’s Cheltenham campus for a maximum of 8 days throughout the year. Access to transport, or willing use of public transport, is essential!
Each GT is assigned a mentor who provides high quality coaching, mentoring and support.
Our GTs receive three dedicated days of SEND input, to ensure they can support the teaching and learning of children with additional needs. We also provide specialist music sessions to provide pedagogical and practical input, supporting the development of high level knowledge, skills and understanding.
GTs on this Early Years course also receive input from our Trust Early Years Lead, and access to EYFS-specific conferences and training we host.
The programme begins on the first day of the term and ends on the last day of the academic year. All GTs are welcomed as full members of staff and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life, including monitoring and evaluation, extra-curricular activities, residentials, and community events.
Here are some of the things our past GTs said:
‘The Mead have provided a brilliant induction and everyone I’ve met has been so friendly and helpful. It’s a very welcoming Trust! Overall a comfortable introduction to my teacher training with elements of stretch but no panic! One of the sessions I found most helpful was looking at the videos of teachers and analysing their teaching methods, questioning, behaviour management. This was really inspiring and very helpful in showing us how to observe and learn from our mentors’.
This fee-paying route is subject to the University’s course fees (http://www.glos.ac.uk/life/finance/pages/fees.aspx).