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 in the setting that they will be working in.
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. Examples of aspects covered in professional studies central training sessions include: How children learn, Managing Behaviour and assessment. Primary trainees also learn about the way that we teach specific subjects in the curriculum, with a particular focus on Maths, English, including phonics, but also ways that other subjects are taught in the classroom, such as PE and Art. These central training days are either held at NWSCITT’s centre at Royal Wootton Bassett or at Corsham Primary School.
On your Placement you will 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 Term you will have a placement in a second setting in one of our partner schools. Trainees also have short alternative placements in a Special School as well as in a secondary School. We encourage our trainees to use the opportunities available through our Teaching School Alliance to widen your experience, develop peer to peer support and learn to use coaching skills to support your professional development.
During your placements, you will be supported by your mentor (who will usually be your class teacher). You will begin your placement on the first day of the school year and as a member of staff in the school you work in, you will be expected to attend staff meetings and In Service Training (INSET) days as part of your development. School mentors and class teachers are experienced, quality practitioners who are consistently good and outstanding teachers. They will endeavour to 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.
There are 3 assignments during the year, supported by central training sessions led by Bath Spa University.