Trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, but also attend provider-led workshop sessions to enhance understanding of the curriculum, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy.
Centralised training sessions cover content such as High Expectations, Behaviour Management, How Pupils Learn, Adaptive Teaching, Classroom Practice, Curriculum and Assessment in line with the Core Content Framework. This is supplemented by opportunities to observe other teachers in a range of school settings and to undertake a variety of school-based training enhancements.
All trainees submit three assignments throughout the year as an integral part of the teaching and assessment programme:
- School Based Independent Study
- Developing Subject Competency
- Professional Values and Practice
Trainees are supported to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of the Educate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Curriculum, leading to the development of classroom practice skills and their professional teaching role. Final assessment is made on a trainee’s ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
Successful completion of the three assignments at Level 7 leads to the award of 60 Master’s credits and a PGCE, in addition to QTS, validated by Leeds Beckett University.
The structure of the course means that front-loaded training time is gradually overtaken by the hours spent teaching:
Term 1: 7 hours teaching, 2 days training each week
Term 2: 11 hours teaching, 1.5 days training each week
Term 3: 17 hours teaching, 1 day training each week
This means that trainees are fully prepared for life as an Early Career Teacher.