All our School Direct Trainees are given the opportunity to train in two contrasting schools, which will be chosen with the trainee’s personality, experience, and location in mind.
St Anthony’s draws upon the talents and facilities of a range of good to outstanding partner schools in nearby localities. Most of our training partnership schools have a strong Catholic ethos, but we do also have schools from the Church of England among our training providers.
All schools are situated within the West Yorkshire region, being located in Leeds, Wetherby, and Wakefield. All trainees should be able to reach their placement school comfortably and in good time, and therefore the trainee’s location is taken into consideration before allotting schools.
Full-time school placements begin in October, but trainees will be in a school two days a week from the start of the course in September. The first stage school, or ‘host school’ will give the trainee time to observe and gather evidence of effective teaching and classroom management, before allowing them when they feel ready, to teach their first core subject lessons.
The second stage placement commences in the first week of January, and allows the trainee to move to a new school, known as the ‘home school’. The home school will also be used for their third placement when the trainee moves to their preferred year group. During their time at their home school, the trainee will teach more regularly, eventually taking charge of the class for a high proportion of their time in school.
During school placement, trainees will also receive CPD training in a variety of other schools within our alliance, which will build up their range of subject knowledge.
All placements are carefully chosen to suit the trainee and all experience offered will be according to the personal requirements of the trainee. Our course is a ‘bespoke’ training scheme with everything tailored to the individual trainee who is at the heart of our School Direct programme.