Shining Lights Teaching School Alliance is a forward-thinking, innovative alliance of primary schools from across Lancashire. We firmly believe in an open, collaborative profession where strong networks are built to improve outcomes and opportunities for every child. Learn more about us.
All of your placements will be at one of our alliance schools.
School-based learning days and teaching placements:
During taught weeks, trainees typically spend 3 days in school settings. These school-based learning days provide opportunities for trainees to observe experienced teachers, support the learning of individuals and groups, ask questions, and ‘learn on the job’.
In addition, trainees complete three professional placements at schools within Shining Lights Teaching School Alliance:
- Beginning professional practice (4 weeks, Autumn)
- Developing professional practice (5 weeks, Spring)
- Extending professional practice (9 weeks, Summer)
The developing professional practice will be in a different Key Stage to the extending professional practice; this ensures trainees teach across the primary age range.
During each placement, an experienced and trained mentor is assigned to each trainee. The mentor works at the alliance school and plays a key role in the trainee’s development journey. The proportion of time spent teaching increases incrementally throughout the year.
Enrichment opportunities are built into the programme to ensure that our trainees gain a broad set of experiences.
These typically include: visiting nursery and Early Years providers; visiting a secondary school; visiting specialist provision schools; and visiting schools in different regions to our own.
Assigning trainees to schools:
Our priority when placing you is to ensure that you are working with the best mentor possible. Across the alliance, we take the role of mentor incredibly seriously and put a lot of effort into refining our mentor training so that our students get the best.
That said, we also take into account the home address of our students when placing them. Where possible, we seek to ensure travel time is as short as possible. If a trainee does not have access to a car, we will take this into account when placing them.