Our training course starts in late August through to June. It has been designed by teachers to reflect the needs of the modern classroom. Trainees finish the course with QTS.
Prior to the course
• After the interview day, we will meet with you to discuss your strengths and areas requiring further development and will set you tasks and a reading list to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills before the course starts.
• If available for your subject, we will recommend you undertake an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
During the course
• A weekly mentoring session in your placement school.
• Weekly subject knowledge sessions with a leading subject specialist enabling you to develop your subject pedagogical skills
• We also have weekly General Professional Study sessions covering the :
• Child Development, educational psychology & neuroscience
• Planning and Assessment
• Behaviour Management and Special Educational Needs
• Safeguarding & the Law
• English as an Additional Language
• Voice Care
• Management of workload & Wellbeing
All our sessions are based either at our training centre in Wickford or in one of our partnership secondary schools.
You will spend 80% of the course in school. As a Salaried trainee, you are responsible for 5 hours of teaching across the week from the beginning of the year. The rest of your hours are spent training: undertaking structured observations of teachers followed by team teaching, part lesson then full lesson teaching with written feedback from an observer.
During the course you will be continually assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through:
• observation of your lessons
• examination of your portfolio of evidence, including your reflective journal
• assessment tasks
• your reflections linking theory from workshops/reading to your practice in the classroom
There is a formal review of your progress at the end of each term, with the final assessment to gain Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.
We make sure that any written submissions are evenly spread throughout the course. We issue a weekly newsletter to trainees keeping them updated of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so trainees can discuss any issues or worries. We are well-known for the support we offer our trainees.