With us, trainee teachers will train on the job in classrooms from day one. The course is designed to ease trainees into gradually taking on the full responsibilities of a class teacher, including a sizeable teaching workload by Easter. Training in school is supported and enhanced by academic study and independent research.
Trainees will spend four and a half days in school carrying out a range of professional activities, including observing other teachers, team-teaching and solo-teaching. The remaining half day a week will be for professional development through weekly training sessions, facilitated by Teach Kent and Sussex based at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. Click here for more information.
Teach Kent and Sussex was recently rated OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted. Click here to read the full inspection report. Regarding the professional development programme, Ofsted reported that:
“The course provides trainees with an outstanding grounding in recent, highly credible research into teaching, learning and the curriculum. From the outset, trainees learn about how pupils gain and remember new knowledge. They develop a secure understanding of how curriculum content can be selected and sequenced to ensure that pupils master key concepts.”
Trainees will be fully supported 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. Click here for more information.
We believe it important that every trainee teacher understands what cognitive science tells us about how children learn, retain information in their long-term memory, and develop both academic and life skills. During your time with us, you will develop an understanding of teaching methods that are practical, effective and informed by the best evidence-based research. This will include how effective teachers:
- structure explanations effectively so that students understand and retain information,
- question students and offer feedback in order to help them improve, and
- support pupils, including those with specific or additional needs, towards achieving mastery in all subjects.
The course aims to provide you with the strongest of foundations, so that you have the best possible start to your teaching career. We will support you in completing the course with a strong framework of professional knowledge, having learnt to apply and refine this through your teaching practice throughout the training year.