We work with a number of schools both in the city and county.
As part of our School Direct course you will be placed in up to 3 different schools of contrasting location and setting.
Some students spend 2 placements in one school and 1 in another while other students spend 1 placement in 3 different schools.
We will liaise with you to offer you the best range of placements to suit your needs and experiences. As the Lead School, we organise all of your placements with you in mind.
We currently offer placements in KS1 (age 5-7) Lower KS2 (age 7-9) and Upper KS2 (age 9-11).
You will also visit different schools as part of a series of ‘focus days’, studying specific subject and professional topics in an intensive school-based context.
The school-based time is a vitally important element of the course. You will have the opportunity to observe skilled class teachers working and to discuss the things that underpin day-to-day classroom activities, as well as work alongside experienced teacher-mentors who will support your learning about classroom practice.
Teaching Experience 1
This is a six-week paired placement with two students working together in one class. This gives you the opportunity to work with a partner to develop classroom skills in a supportive environment. You will focus on developing observation skills to support your understanding of teaching and learning and to put your learning into practice. During this Autumn Term placement you and your partner will work towards taking an increased responsibility for teaching the class.
Teaching Experience 2
This takes place in the Spring Term and lasts for six weeks. The amount of time spent teaching the class increases over the placement until you have responsibility for up to 80% of the timetable.
Teaching Experience 3
This is a eight-week placement in the Summer Term with students working towards taking responsibility for 80% of the teaching timetable.