Successful candidates will be placed in a main placement school for the majority of the academic year, with 4 weeks spent in a minor placement.
All trainees have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11, depending on which route the candidate and placement school agree upon.
The majority of our salaried trainees already are known to their placement schools, either as Teaching Assistants or parent-volunteers. However we usually have a small number of schools for whom we find salaried trainees.
In this case, when selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:
- which of our partner schools would like a trainee
- the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses
- distance between the trainee’s home and the placement school
- any links that trainees may have with schools
The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and confirmed following a visit or online discussion between the potential trainee and the suggested school.
A second, minor placement will take place in the second half of the Spring term in a contrasting school to the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a mentor for assistance.
Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.
On Thursdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge Enhancement sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools, or as virtual seminars.
All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.
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