Our trainees receive core teacher training via twilights and training days over the year which cover the nuts and bolts of teaching. Sessions focus on areas such as assessment, behaviour management, special educational needs, legal responsibilities, inspiring teaching and many more. These are all delivered by experts in their field, often practicing teachers, so you be confident that the content is both up to date and real life!
Our primary specific training covers skills you will need such as teaching and assessing phonics, core and ancillary subject development.
Following initial induction, you will spend weeks on placement at your base school. Initially co-teaching with experienced practitioners, you will develop your skills and confidence to be taking about a 50% teaching load by Christmas. Prior to the Christmas break you will also have experience of teaching in your contrasting school.
After the winter break you will be back in your base school, but teaching in an alternate key stage. You are then back to you original placement until mid-June, working on your weekly targets with “your” classes. As you are in school full time, you will feel like a member of staff! Our final placement week is an enhancement week at one of our partners such as Adult Education or alternative provision.
You are assessed continually during the year by your mentor. They will guide you with weekly review and target setting meetings and specific in school training. Your primary lead tutor will also be on hand to develop your skills. You will expected to complete a PGCE which will enhance your teaching through the academic study of pedagogy. This assessment for this element is through two assignments submitted in the spring and summer terms.
The part-time course is delivered over two years. In year 1 you will be on the course for 2 days per week (1 day must be a Friday) and in year 2 you will be on placement 2 days per week. The PGCE element of the course can be take either in year 1 or year 2.