This course is designed for applicants who want to train to teach children aged 5-11. Trainees will be expected to teach all the National Curriculum subjects and will have an expertise in Maths. Trainees will train to teach 2 consecutive Primary Key Stages (KS1 and KS2).
During the initial teacher training year, trainees will not only learn about pedagogy in general but they will also learn about phase specific pedagogy. Simultaneously trainees will also be given the opportunity to improve and expand their subject knowledge. Trainees will also experience some EYFS.
All trainees will spend 4 days a week in school. This will comprise teaching, being observed and receiving feedback, observing and learning from experienced colleagues as well as professional development. The 5th day will be a Professional Learning day with Hillingdon SCITT, which will be held at Bishop Ramsey School (which is where Hillingdon SCITT is based) and will be delivered by highly experienced and skilled practitioners. As part of their Professional Learning, all trainees will undertake an Action Research Project of their choice (which will be the main task for QTS).
Trainees will have placements in 2 different Partner Schools. Trainees will also have the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in other educational settings eg. Special Schools and Secondary Schools. Trainees can opt to have 1 of their placements in a Special School.
Whilst on placement, the amount of lessons that fee funded (unsalaried) trainees will be expected to teach is incremental according to each training phase. A teaching timetable will be created that is bespoke to teach trainee based upon their prior experience and readiness to teach.
Throughout the year, trainees will have a designated Mentor/Coach supporting them as well as, Phase Leads from Hillingdon SCITT. In order to achieve QTS, all trainees at calendared intervals throughout the year will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards .
Trainees who meet requirements of the PGCE for Brunel University will have the opportunity to take this alongside the QTS (QTS is accredited by Hillingdon SCITT). There will be 3 assignments for the PGCE during the training year.