You will spend most of the first weeks at the University of East London in the purpose-built education building. Here you will look at pedagogy (how to teach) and curriculum (what to teach).
You will develop your knowledge of all subjects and your understanding of how to support pupils’ learning across the curriculum, including one keynote lecture a week.
During this initial period, Mondays will be spent in primary schools or nurseries observing. Here, you will develop your understanding by watching examples of good or outstanding practice.
During the year you will spend three blocks of full-time school-based training in three different schools, each eight weeks long.
Your first placement usually begins in the middle of October. Your tutors will decide where you go on placement and arrange for it to be as convenient as possible for you.
You will be teaching, not helping, on the placement. You will start off working with groups of pupils but your role is not to help the teacher – it is to support and increase the pupils’ learning.
You will have a school-based mentor (a teacher employed by the school) as well as a professional tutor from UEL who will visit you during each placement. This is partly to moderate and assess the quality of your work, but also to give you support, guidance and feedback.
In principle, your three placements will be in different schools. However, schools sometimes ask for trainees to return for a second placement.
This School Direct programme offers you the chance to teach children aged from 3 -11.