Ours is a school-led programme, so you will be continually in school from the first day of term in September until the end of the programme for four days per week until Easter, and then five days per week.
From September to Easter, every Friday you will come to Meadowside Academy in Knaresborough for your professional development ‘hub’ day. These sessions will support you in gaining understanding of the primary curriculum, the principles of planning, teaching and assessment, behaviour and classroom management, pupil achievement and barriers to learning, meeting the needs of all children, safeguarding and being a reflective practitioner. This will be delivered alternately by your Leeds Trinity tutor and North Star Specialist Leaders and teachers. Once we get to Easter you will be teaching 70-80% so you will need to be in school five days per week and the hub days come to an end. We do all come together at the end, though to bring the programme to a close and celebrate your achievements.
You will need to travel to Leeds Trinity University during the application process, but once the programme starts you will not be required to attend the University unless you want to use their facilities, or to attend your graduation ceremony!
Ours is a very practical programme, without a great weight on written assignments. You will build up a portfolio of information (from hub days, reflections on training etc), which will be assessed in the Spring term, plus two written assignments through the year. More crucial are observations of your progress as a primary practitioner, which is an ongoing and supportive process, with Key Review Points during each placement.