During their time at the Teach Maidenhead schools, trainees will be allocated a subject mentor whose role is to oversee their day to day development and to work with them on planning, delivery, marking and assessment. The subject mentor also monitors and observes trainees, helping to ensure they develop the qualities necessary to meet the national Teacher Standards. Each school also has its own Teach Maidenhead Professional Coordinating Mentor who oversees the subject mentors, while weekly Professional Studies sessions are led by experts from across the five schools.
Additionally trainees attend the University of Reading and are taught by staff with reputations as experts in the field of science education. They are a diverse and experienced community of academics. Teaching is through practical seminars and workshops in purpose-built science laboratories. Initial Teacher Training courses at the University are based on the belief that education is about active and meaningful learning through which teachers become analytical, creative and receptive to new ideas. The University works closely with Teach Maidenhead, planning and delivering training programmes collaboratively.
The programme comprises two main aspects: Professional Studies and Subject Studies:
Professional Studies develops insights into general aspects of education essential for entrants to the teaching profession. It gives consideration to whole-school issues, such as behaviour management, special educational needs and educational theories that contextualise the teaching of your subject. It is taught in small, mixed-subject seminar groups.
Subject Studies enables trainees to study the teaching of their chosen subject. This includes consideration of aspects such as: the nature of the subject in the secondary school; its place in The National Curriculum; what is taught; how it is taught; how it is assessed; providing for young people with different backgrounds and abilities; teaching in accordance with examination specification requirements; and using ICT effectively to facilitate learning.
Trainees will be assessed against the eight Teachers’ Standards, based on the evidence of their teaching, wider contribution to school life and ability to reflect on and evaluate these experiences. Assessment will be carried out in school and moderated by University tutors.
Trainees are required to write three assignments during the year. These are designed to deepen their reflection on their school experience in the light of educational research, and to develop their ability to research their own practice. As well as being assessed in their own right, the assignments will contribute evidence towards the assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.