‘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. Following each review, targets are set for trainees to work and build on. To successfully achieve Qualified Teacher Status, trainees must demonstrate that they have met all Teacher Standards.
Over the course of the academic year, trainees have the opportunity 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. Such experiences can be organised by the Teaching School and are undertaken in addition to the trainees’ substantial Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 placements.
All trainees are expected to keep an up-to-date planning file containing planning, evaluations and lesson observations. Throughout the course of the year, trainees complete a series of short written observations in relation to the Teachers’ Standards allowing our trainees to reflect on their experiences and progress. Full guidance on how to do this is given as part of the induction process and in subsequent training sessions.