The Rural Schools Alliance is a partnership of six rural secondary schools all based within Hampshire. Training is divided into 4 parts: Core Training Days, University Days, Placement 1 and Placement 2.
At the start of the programme, you will have an intensive, immersive induction into the world of teaching and learning. You will be encouraged to establish and develop solid foundations in readiness for your school placements. This will continue with Core Training Days, developing your existing knowledge, and introducing you to practical concepts and applications in the classroom. Core Training Days take place at Swanmore College, the lead school for the Rural Schools Alliance.
Throughout the programme, you will spend each Friday on one of the following: Core Training, experience days in other educational settings, assignment writing or University Days.
University days provide a valuable opportunity to study and learn your craft – both subject specific and pedagogy – through collaboration with trainees within and beyond the Alliance.
For Placement 1, you will be at your main placement school. You will begin with collaborative work and observation, and teaching will range from 25% of your 4-day timetable to 50% by the end of the first part of Placement 1, combining collaborative and solo training.
For Placement 2, you will be placed at a different school to give you broader experience. During this placement, collaborative and solo teaching will increase to up to 60% by the end of your placement. This placement generally takes place during the first half of the Spring term.
You will then return to your main placement school for the remainder of your training, with collaborative and solo teaching increasing to 70% of your timetable.
Throughout both placements, you will be assigned a tutor group to give you experience of pastoral duties and PHSE lessons.