‘Classroom ready. Classroom confident’. This is our ambition for successful applicants. Every element of our course is designed with this in mind. As a Teaching School, we are proud of our profession and want to ensure that its future is in the best of hands.
We know the best place to train is in a school and so trainees spend four days a week in class supported by a Class Mentor and Link Tutor. Each trainee completes two placements (a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 experience) - all in Yarrow Teaching School Alliance member schools whose Governors and Headteachers are fully committed to the idea of school based training.
One day a week is spent engaged in compulsory theory based training. Our philosophy is that regular training is more effective than blocking seminars. Attending weekly training means that trainees can get straight back into class and put their learning into practice.
Training sessions, held either in Skelmersdale (where our accreditors are based) or in Chorley, are led by expert practitioners, all of whom currently practise in their field. Training is designed to develop professional knowledge of national statutory curricula and current national priorities as well as enhancing understanding of theoretical principles of teaching and pedagogy.
Assessment takes the form of weekly teaching and learning reviews each with a defined focus. Targets are set following each review for trainees to work and build on. To successfully achieve Qualified Teacher Status, trainees must demonstrate that they have met all Teacher Standards.
A compulsory element of the course is to spend some time looking at provision in a range of settings eg a school where for a high number of pupils, English is an additional language; a small rural school or a special school.This is organised by the Teaching School as is a Key Stage 3 experience designed to promote understanding of the challenges facing children as they transition to high school. Both these experiences are in addition to the trainee's substantial Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 placements.
Trainees are expected to keep an up-to-date planning file containing their planning, evaluations and lesson observations. In addition, a Teachers’ Standards Portfolio is to be kept and maintained containing evidence that each of the Teacher Standards has been met. Full guidance on how to do this is given as part of the induction process and in subsequent training sessions.