Originally a group of 20 primary schools working across five of the Merseyside boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Halton, Liverpool and Sefton, we have now added the highly successful Keys Federation of primary schools in Wigan to our partnership. The schools in the partnership share a common vision: to train and develop outstanding teachers for the future.
With their professional training needs in mind our trainees complete significant placements in two contrasting primary schools, carefully selected by the leadership team from within the established partnership .
Trainees are assigned a ‘home school’ where they are based during the autumn term. The first half term blends time in school with a taught programme delivered by outstanding practitioners, building up to a first teaching ‘block’ leading up to Christmas.
Trainees then move on to their second school in the spring term, again combining time in school with taught sessions but also benefiting from a series of ‘broadening experience’ activities. Trainees complete a second substantial teaching ‘block’ in their second school.
The summer term is spent back in the ‘home school’ where trainees are able to put all of the skills and knowledge that they’ve developed together in delivering their final ‘block’ of teaching.
During the year trainees also complete a number of tasks that will support them in meeting the standards required for the award of QTS and will also complete pieces of assessed work linked to their PGCE study.
Our trainees spend more than the minimum required days working in schools. They have a wide range of opportunities to observe and learn from good and outstanding practitioners. Trainees also undertake helpful ’broadening experience visits’ and ‘mini placements’ in secondary, nursery and special schools arranged by the partnership.
We feel that our programme is rigorous but really successful in preparing trainees for a career in teaching and to become outstanding teachers in their own right. Feedback from our successful cohorts has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve are delighted to continue our relationship with former trainees through the free of charge programmes of NQT and RQT support and development that we offer.