We take a blended approach to training which we feel gives you a programme that can be bespoke to your needs. All trainees will follow both a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE programme, meaning that, upon completion, our trainees will attain QTS, PGCE and 60 Master’s credits.
The QTS programme consists of a variety of elements, based around your time in schools, including two school placements in your chosen phase. These placements will give you experience in diverse settings. Each school provides a mentor, who will be a subject/phase specialist, to support your progress and development, plus an ITT coordinator who provides further support.
During placement, your requirement to plan and teach lessons will gradually increase over the year at a pace that best supports your development and circumstances. You will also undertake a two-week placement in a special school setting and carry out a cross-phase placement. This ensures that you will complete your training having experienced a range of students, settings and age ranges. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of where students have come from and where they may go during their journey through education.
Whilst our course involves an extended period of time in schools, we also believe that understanding teaching pedagogy is crucial to success. Within the QTS qualification, we provide weekly pedagogical training which builds a firm foundation of understanding upon which practical skills of teaching can be built. These sessions also provide an invaluable pastoral and networking opportunity for trainees.
Subject knowledge support is also provided through group and individual experiences and is facilitated by subject experts. It will identify areas of need that a trainee has and provide opportunities to develop these. This is hugely important given the ever changing educational landscape.
The PGCE programme is undertaken in partnership with the University of Nottingham. This is a particularly exciting partnership as it means that our trainees do not have to rely on distance learning opportunities. During the year there are a number of face-to-face days at the University, the themes of which are carefully selected so that they dovetail with the school based training that you receive on the QTS programme. In order to support your work-life balance, we build in additional study days that enable you to work on the three written assignments and one presentation task that you will undertake to complete your PGCE.