Over the course of an academic year, student teachers will train on the job in classrooms, from day one. Training in school is supported and enhanced by academic study and independent research.
Trainees going through the salaried route are expected to take on a greater amount of solo teaching much earlier, and will need to be willing and able to teach lessons within the first fortnight of the academic year. Expectations of salaried trainees are also higher, and as a result, a significant amount of relevant experience is required.
Trainees will spend four and a half days in school carrying out a range of professional activities. The remaining half day a week will be for professional development through weekly training sessions, facilitated by Teach Kent and Sussex at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. These sessions will cover the full range of pedagogy required to teach in a primary setting. Click here for more information.
All Trainees will be based in a class in their assigned school for the entire year, except during a six-week second school placement (which occurs halfway through the year). Trainees will be fully throughout the year by an assigned Mentor, an experienced teacher who will themselves be trained and supported by Teach Kent and Sussex. Trainees will benefit from weekly meetings, regular observations with constructive feedback, planning guidance and on-the-job advice, all provided by their Mentor. Click here for more information.
Trainees will be regularly assessed against the Teaching Standards through a combination of informal and formal observations. All Trainees will need to be observed teaching in four separate year groups. They are also required to gather evidence in support of the Teaching Standards, which will inform three formal assessments at the end of each long term. Those who select the PGCE route will also be required to complete university assignments.
Trainees have the opportunity to select from either a QTS or PGCE with QTS route. The PGCE route is the more academic option and essential if trainees wish to teach abroad. We offer this through the University of Sussex. Click here to find out more.
We offer the course full time (over one academic year) and part time (over two academic years).
Please feel free to contact us at traintoteach if you would like to discuss either the PGCE component or part time option.