If you accept an offer you will be based in your placement school for extended placements throughout the whole school year. As a committed group of professionals, we invest in our School Direct trainees, and see the School Direct year as the start of your successful career with us. NQTs in our schools benefit from our high quality, year-long NQT Induction Programme. You will be assigned two mentors from the staff in your school, one from your subject area (subject mentor) and also a senior member of staff (professional mentor).
You will have significant input during your University based training and will have a comprehensive two week induction to the course, followed by focus weeks at the university at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms. During your extended school placements, you will attend university training on alternate Mondays all year.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment that will enable you to develop the professional knowledge, necessary skills and expertise for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
The school-based training will be delivered by our teachers who have a wide range of experience and expertise within the partnership schools. This will be enhanced by regular attendance at university. You will be assigned to schools in the partnership in which you will complete extended teaching placements. All schools have comprehensive intakes and you will gain valuable experience of working with young people of all abilities. You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership but we cannot promise to meet your request.
Our mentors are outstanding teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.
From the beginning you will be treated as a full member of staff and will attend staff meetings and INSET opportunities, including full staff development days. You will be in school from the beginning of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.