The training year is from school term through to end of June the following year although you will contracted at the school for the remaining full academic year.
This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based training with subject mentor support, to academic training where you will be working with experienced professionals on either generic “Professional Studies” lectures at a local KMT Hub training centre or “Subject Studies” training with the other English trainees at various locations across the partnership.
A-placement:- As you are employed by the school, you will be given a 60% solo teaching timetable from day one. You may have your own form group and you will be undertaking all duties as a paid teacher of the school. Please be aware that mentors are likely to be teaching their own classes while you are teaching and that immediate support is often less likely to be accessible.
B-placement:- the teaching load remains at 60%. The duration of the placement is no longer than four weeks. During this time, you can expect to follow a non-salaried course structure. You will quickly build to 60% solo teaching commitment through observation, team-teaching activities before going solo. At all times, there will be a classroom teacher available to support you.
A2 placement:- you return to your home school for the full five days and continue with your timetable. There is one Thursday KMT twilight session that prepares you for your NQT year and the Awards Evening.
You will have at least, one formal lesson observation a fortnight and one meeting each week where you sit with your mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. You will be expected to attend all school events such as parents evenings, after school clubs, whole school and dedicated trainee training sessions and any other school activity as required.
Over the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the Teaching Standards. There are also 7 Reflective, Practical Journals (RPJ) to complete of which 3 involve research and an essay; each totaling 1500 words.
In addition, for those wishing to top up their qualification to PGCE, you will have other assignment to complete at various times through the year as published by the University of Leeds Beckett. This course is delivered through a distance-learning package and training will take place in your local hub training centre.