This 1-year postgraduate course will recommend you, on completion, for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE, to teach children aged 5-11 in primary, infant, junior, first and middle schools (including 90 CATS points towards a Masters).
On this programme you will undertake the majority of your training in a mainstream primary, infant and/or junior school, spending a term in each of the 3 primary age groups: Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 1-week placement in a special school, spend time in a secondary school and also in a number of the other partner schools to widen your experience of school life.
You will be supported by an in-school ‘professional mentor’, a ‘personal tutor’ at the University and a ‘moderation tutor’ also from the University who will span both placements. Gateway also provides access to a ‘lead mentor’ who will support your professional development, facilitate opportunities for you to network with other trainees and ensure the support received throughout the training year is of the highest quality.
The training programme has been developed to help you to feel part of the school team from day 1. You will undertake a pre-course induction prior to starting your training and this will be followed by a University induction during late August.
You will be in school from the first day of the school year so from the very start you will be treated as a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and development days. Your learning will be supported through structured training days at the University, complemented by your time in school to put the theory into practice and begin to develop your own skills in the classroom. Throughout the training year the amount of teaching that you take on will be gradually increased at a pace to suit you, supported at all times by in-school and academic mentoring.
Running alongside the University taught programme are a series of training days led by the Gateway Alliance, these sessions focus on key areas of practice and also provide a great opportunity for networking with other Gateway trainees.