At its core, this course has two key elements that drive its success; practical experience and personalised support. These are delivered through three main components:
School based training:
From the outset, trainees are immersed in a school environment, each being assigned a main school placement, a classroom base and an experienced School Based Trainer (SBT) who will support their development throughout the year. This main placement is complemented by a crossover experience, typically during the first half of the Spring term. Designed to complement each other, the crossover offers experience in a contrasting school and key stage.
The close working relationship of trainee and SBT sits at the core of this programme model and facilitates the depth of understanding necessary for personalised support. Tutorials every two weeks with a Training Manager extend this, together providing a truly individual learning journey.
School based training is complemented by core training on a Friday within one of the partnership schools. It is delivered by a range of subject specialists and provides a comprehensive programme that closely links to the Teacher Standards in Initial Teacher Education, and other important issues such as Safeguarding, E-Safety and Emotional Well-Being. The sessions enable trainees to develop a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking by encouraging them to critically reflect on research in relation to their own classroom practice.
University led learning:
All trainees are given the opportunity to work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, delivered by Birmingham City University.
All lectures and seminars are delivered by experienced BCU staff at the campus of our accredited provider, Two Mile Ash, in Milton Keynes. The combination of higher level academic study with the hands-on, practical nature of our school-led programme gives our trainees the perfect balance of theory and practice, making for well-rounded, informed and inspirational teachers.
Our collaboration with Birmingham City University provides the valuable opportunity for our written assignments to be recognised at postgraduate level. The three assignment modules are submitted to the university for assessment and lead to an award of 60 Masters Level credits.
If you would like further information about any of the training opportunities available through the Ashmead ITT partnership, please visit our website (http://www.ashmeadschoolteachertraining.org.uk/)