AET is partnered with Ark Teacher Training, an Ofsted outstanding training provider.
Ark utilises a highly ambitious and coherently sequenced curriculum to provide the best possible teacher training.
Over the course of the year you will receive regular, high-quality training from tutors and mentors to support your development towards becoming a great primary teacher. School-based mentors are experienced colleagues, who are trained to use the most effective coaching techniques to support the application of trainees’ new learning into practice.
As an AET trainee you will also receive regular trust-wide learning and development which draws upon experts from across our network of 57 schools. You will be part of our national AET trainee community providing opportunities to collaborate, learn from best practice and have access to a network of support. We will support you to become brilliant educators and in time, leaders within our network - we offer unrivalled career opportunities for professional growth. Everyone who successfully completes their first year will be offered a contract within our network.
As part of the course you will:
Have a 5 day school orientation experience (SOE): before your course starts, spend time in your school meeting your colleagues and interacting with pupils so you can hit the ground running in September!
Join our mandatory summer School: all new trainees come together for two weeks in August (7th - 18th) for an introduction to the programme, our schools and the principles of great teaching. You’ll also cover the essential elements of behaviour management. The summer school sets up trainees for success, so you are fully prepared for teaching from September.
Have weekly coaching and learning to plan: every week you’ll be observed by your in-school coach, so they can offer you positive feedback and bite-sized improvement targets.
Be allocated a trained lead planner who will help you create effective lessons, developing your planning skills and giving you the opportunity to ask detailed subject -knowledge questions.
Attend weekly training: in-person/virtual training sessions with your tutors/peers.
The training programme itself is school-based and you will spend half a day every week in a session with your Ark tutor and other trainees from the network.