Our goal is to ensure that all our teacher trainees graduate prepared and inspired to create an exceptional learning adventure for every child in any school. We achieve this through strong partnerships with our alliance schools, personalised mentoring for each trainee and a bespoke, supportive training programme.
Our cohorts graduate with exceptional outcomes – 95% of our trainees from our past two cohorts secured employment before the end of the programme.
QTS Training Programme
The programme has 5 components; these components are carefully linked together so that theory and learning at the training centre will feed directly into your classroom practice.
- Classroom Practice
- Professional Studies Training Modules
- Subject Knowledge Development Modules
- School Based Tasks
As a guide, each week you would spend 4 days in your placement school and 1 day in training.
We work collaboratively with outstanding practitioners from across our family of schools to design and deliver our exceptional and exciting school-based training offer.
The Training Centre at John Taylor High School is the main venue for the majority of our training. To compliment this learning, some of our sessions are delivered in local primary schools which will enable you to directly see the theory you have learnt in action.
During training sessions, you will develop your curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching and engage in professional practices such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care. We use a spiral approach to continually deepen your pedagogical understanding in areas such as assessment for learning, differentiation and growth mindset. Our subject knowledge modules have an in-depth focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence in delivering the whole curriculum.
PGCE (Teaching and Learning Masters level study)
Alongside QTS, trainees will be accredited with a PGCE and 60 Masters Level credits by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Masters level programme. There are three assignments, which are closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming an effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE for support. All university input takes place at the Training Centre.