Our secondary programme is structured to offer training across the 11-16 age range. In recognition of the fact that certain teaching approaches must be secured before a teacher can bring about good or better pupil progress as a result of the lessons they deliver, we adopt a graduated approach to ensure the systematic development of our trainees.
In Term 1 you will begin to develop the foundations of teaching practice, relating educational theory to classroom practice. The placement will enable you to build your teaching from small group teaching and 1:1 pupil support, through to co-teaching with a teacher and solo teaching of groups. As your skills develop, you will take on increasing responsibility for the classroom planning, teaching and assessment and progress to full class teaching.
In Term 2 you will be placed in a contrasting school for a longer and extended experience. You will build upon the basics from your first term and start to develop a deeper understanding of effective pedagogical practice.
In Term 3 you will continue in the second placement. During this final phase you will master an extended repertoire of teaching practices that ensure outstanding learning and progress. The extended placement will enable you to see the progress pupils make throughout the two terms and the impact you have had in securing positive outcomes for young people.
You will undertake a short placement in a Primary school setting (Ages 9-11, school years 5-6) and a second placement in a sixth form or college to gain Key Stage 5 experience (ages 16-19, school years 12-13). This experience will complement the sessions centred on transition and ensure you fully understand the expectations, curricula, strategies and teaching arrangements in the age group immediately before and after those you are trained to teach.
You will gain experience in a Special School to focus on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This will build on learning already undertaken during the centre-based course and develop a keen appreciation of the needs of diverse children and how to support their learning.