Our vision is to develop and prepare the teachers of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver creative and challenging teaching and learning.
Our inspirational programme is delivered by expert teachers and enhanced by attending central training with Pickwick Learning, NWSCITT and sessions led by Bath Spa University. These aspects of the course bring together trainees from across the primary and secondary phases and from a range of schools, giving opportunities to network and reflect on different experiences. Our curriculum reflects the ITT Core Content: Managing behaviour, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours. Examples of aspects covered include: How children learn, Behaviour for learning and strategies for assessment. Primary trainees also learn about the way that we teach specific subjects in the curriculum. These central training days are either held at NWSCITT’s centre at Royal Wootton Bassett, in Corsham or virtually.
On your placement you’ll be immersed in teaching and learning, gradually building up your teaching as your confidence grows and your skills and experience develop. You will be released to attend central training days. During the Spring you will have a placement in a second setting in one of our partner schools. Trainees also have short placements in a Special School and in a secondary School. We encourage our trainees to use the opportunities available through our extensive network of school partnerships to widen your experience, develop peer support and learn to use coaching to support your professional development.
During your placements, you will be supported by your mentor (usually be your class teacher). You’ll begin your placement on the first day of the school year and as a member of staff in the school you work in, you’ll be expected to attend staff meetings and Training days as part of your development. School mentors are experienced, quality practitioners. They will support you in many different ways through coaching and mentoring, observations and feedback to ensure that you have the best possible preparation and training for embarking on your new career. You’ll also have opportunities to learn alongside the staff in your school to meet the varied needs of the children, adapting approaches and learning how to engage with parents and families, preparing you well for the challenges of teaching in the current climate.
There are 3 assignments during the year, supported by central training sessions led at NWSCITT or virtually by Bath Spa University.