We work with a large partnership of schools in High Wycombe and the surrounding area offering a wide range of learning experiences across the primary years.
Our trainees have two placement schools: a main and second placement. We aim to match trainees with the right schools and try to accommodate personal wishes, including location and transport considerations.
Main Placement (MP1) – Autumn Term
Trainees will spend the majority of their time in this school (both the Autumn and Summer terms). During MP1, trainees will begin by observing other teachers in the school, working with groups of children and gradually increasing their responsibility until they are teaching up to approximately 50% of the time in school, delivering lessons with support from their Teacher Tutor against specific targets.
Second Placement (SP2) – Spring Term
This placement typically takes place in a contrasting school and a different key stage. Following initial teacher observations and small group work, trainees will plan full lessons with class teaching, culminating in a teaching commitment of up to 60% of the week.
Additional Placements – Spring Term
Trainees will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in an Early Years setting (either a nursery or Reception class), a Special Needs school and an upper and grammar school. This is valuable experience for trainees to appreciate a range of education settings and the different strategies, skills and knowledge needed to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.
Main Placement (MP3) – Summer Term
Trainees will return to their main placement school for their final term of training. At this stage, trainees are expected to be able to fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher with a teaching commitment of up to 80% of the week by the end of the placement. Regular lesson observations and feedback are an ongoing process throughout the training programme. Our Teacher Tutors and Quality Assurance Mentors monitor the progress of all teacher trainees. At the end of the course, a final assessment board considers the progress made by each trainee, their level of attainment and ultimately the award of QTS.