For 2021-22, Ignite TSA are working in partnership with Deep Learning TSA to offer an outstanding training programme that covers a wider geographical area.
Training to be a teacher with Ignite allows Associate Teachers to gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching by becoming an integral part of the school staff. We have an established induction process in place, ensuring our trainees hit the ground running when the course starts in September and employment rates are high, particularly in Alliance schools.
The training year consists of 130 days based in 2 schools, alongside 60 training days. 15 of these days are led by The University of Chester and focus on completing assessments for PCGE. The remaining 45 days are led by highly skilled and experienced specialists who work regionally and nationally, providing our trainees with outstanding CPD they can use and develop in the classroom. Training days are interactive and practical and due to many being based in a school setting, we build in opportunities for our trainees to put into practice with children some of the theory and pedagogy they have gained.
Our programme also includes accredited specialist SEND/autism training from a local partner TSA and trainees will also receive Educational Visit Leader accreditation during a 3 day residential.
Alongside our high quality CPD, during school based experience, trainees will be supported, mentored and coached by excellent classroom practitioners. We promote a team teach approach as trainees begin their programme and there will opportunities for trainees to get fully immersed in the life of the school, observing and learning from as many different specialists as possible.
Our Professional Mentors are experienced, supportive and aim to ensure that ATs set high standards for themselves and the pupils they teach. Weekly reviews take place where trainees are encouraged and coached to become increasingly reflective as they review themselves against the teacher standards.
During the training year, there are 3 formal review points, where a QA lead from Ignite will work alongside a University Link Tutor to support schools and trainees in their reflective judgements.
Support is provided for trainees when making applications for NQT positions and due to the size and scale of the Alliance, job opportunities are high.