Typically, trainees spend the majority of their training in their main school. Matching trainees with the right schools is critically important to us and we do all we can to accommodate personal wishes; for example, proximity to home, consideration of public transport, extended experience of a different key stage or a placement in a school outside of our regular geographical partnership. Through individual discussions, travel time and individual circumstances are always taken into consideration before an offer of placement is agreed.
An indication of what each Teaching Practice comprises of is illustrated below:
TP1 First Teaching Practice – Autumn
Trainees work from existing school medium term planning and along with support from their SBT begin delivering lessons in accordance with their personalised targets. By the end of the Autumn term the expectation is that their teaching commitment should be approximately 40% of the week.
TP2 Second Teaching Practice – Spring
This practice takes place in a different school and different key stage and lasts for six weeks. The first week is largely observation based and working with groups. The second week will involve solo teaching, building upwards to 50% teaching from Week 3 onwards and 60% in the final week. Trainees will plan full lessons, drawing from medium term planning in the school.
TP 3 Final Teaching Practice – Summer
This is the final assessment period. At this stage, it is expected that trainees demonstrate that they can fully plan an appropriate sequence of work across the full range of curriculum areas. They must demonstrate that they can sustain a satisfactory teaching standard over an 80 - 90% teaching timetable. They should prepare teaching resources, mark work and fulfil the main requirements of a classroom teacher to demonstrate their abilities in readiness for entry as a qualified teacher into the profession.