Trainees will have a 10 month placement at one of our partner schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucestershire school. Trainees are able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements according to preference.
In addition to classroom practice, Trainees will attend a series of tailored training sessions, in order to develop teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who will support trainees in achieving high quality professional practice. Our training programme is reviewed annually and developed to ensure that Trainees are fully equipped to embark on their future career. Our 2020-21 programme includes the following modules:
Behaviour for Learning and Learning Styles
Working as Part of a Team
Child Development and Neuroscience
Supporting Positive Behaviour
Speech, Language and Communication Development
Writing, Reading and Children’s Literature
History, Geography and Theme Base Approach
Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health
Dealing with Difficult Conversations
PSHE/ RSHE (including PiNK)
CVs, Job Applications and Interviews
Introduction to Autism
Pathological Demand Avoidance
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Down Syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome
English as an Additional Language
EHCPs, MyPlan, MyPlan+
In addition to visiting partner schools and attending programme modules, Trainees will attend sessions run by The University of Gloucestershire.
Trainees are assigned a mentor at their placement school and are also supported by the ITT Training Manager throughout the programme.
Assessment is achieved through production of a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of Trainee teaching and written assignments, which should demonstrate a clear understanding of professional practice, phase and subject area. The expectation of time spent leading a class will increase in each successive term of the programme as Trainees develop in their skills and confidence, leading up to 80%.
Trainees will be offered placements in one of our placement schools as part of their training programme. Recent placement schools are:
The Milestone School
Coney Hill Community Primary School
Abbeymead Primary School
Hill View Primary School
Gotherington Primary School
Innsworth Juniors School
Finlay Community School
Alderman Knight School
The Shrubberies School
Battledown Centre for Children and Families
Parton Manor Junior School
Parton Manor Infant School
Glebe Infants’ School
Picklenash Junior School
Harewood Junior School
Meadowside Primary School
Elmbridge Primary School
Swindon Village Primary School
Sheepscombe Primary School
Placements schools are reviewed annually, and where possible selected in conjunction with the Trainee. Trainees are expected to spend most of their time in their placement school, with the exception of attending Training Programme days and visits to other schools. During the programme Trainees need to undertake assessed placements in both KS1 and KS2 - to ensure a range of experience these placements must take place in different schools.
hold a minimum of 3 GCSEs at level C or above including English, Maths and Science
have a Degree at 2:2 or above.
Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain GCSEs (or nationally recognised equivalent qualification) in these subjects and need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.
have a positive, solutions-based approach
demonstrate commitment to your own professional development and to achieving high standards in teaching and learning
be committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all pupils
Your application should include examples of experience you have of working with young people – for example as a classroom assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school.
If you have not had previous experience of working with young people, you should be able to demonstrate how skills you have developed in other contexts would transfer to teaching and have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.
Current trainees (2018-2019) are paid Unqualified Teacher Scale 1.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Gloucestershire-based Coney Hill Milestone (CHM) Teaching School Alliance was designated in February 2015, with Coney Hill Primary School and The Milestone Community Special School as lead schools. CHM is uniquely placed to offer a wide range of specialist support, advice and courses, with a strong emphasis on all aspects of Primary and Special Educational Needs expertise.
We are committed to developing child-centred teachers who create the best possible outcomes for all pupils regardless of ability, need or circumstance.
We provide a structured training programme delivered by knowledgeable and experienced tutors. In additional to formal training modules we offer the opportunity to visit a wide variety of mainstream primary and SEN settings to carry out Learning Walks and observations. You will also be able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements.
Throughout you will be supported by experienced mentors who will help you develop your professional practice, ensuring that you are fully equipped to embark on your future career.
About the accredited body
Our teacher training programme is carried out in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire since September 2017.
The Milestone School Longford Lane Gloucester Gloucestershire GL2 9EU
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