From the first week of our course, you will be in school. The majority of your training will be in educational settings, working with the age group you have selected to train in.
There will be at least sixty training days during the year where you will learn the craft of teaching through a range of group sessions, observations, role play, tutorials, self-directed study, research and presentations. These training days will be in schools in South Cumbria so that you can learn from the best practitioners and experience a wide range of settings.
In order to extend your training, there will be immersion days and weeks within different schools, including large primaries with over 400 children on roll and smaller ones with less than 50. This will enable you to experience a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.
The first few weeks of the course will have a more theoretical input and opportunities to observe lessons. This will be followed by regular weekly training days linked to the craft of teaching as well as whole school issues, such as behaviour management and assessment for learning. As a Primary trainee teacher, you are required to teach every curriculum subjects. There will be sessions throughout the year that provide opportunities to learn about the pedagogy of teaching all core and foundation areas.
Academic assignments will be at Masters level, which requires reading, research and reflection on your own learning and experiences within the training year.
There will be six modules which integrate theory and practical application within the classroom.
- Building Professional Understanding - understanding the importance of the interplay between theory and practice.
- Enhancing Professional Practice - develop understanding of how to evaluate, critique and develop professional practice.
- Being a Teacher - develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the wider role of the teacher.
- Learning Teaching and Subject Pedagogy - develop understanding in core areas of teaching: curriculum design, assessment, planning, managing classroom behaviour for learning and evaluation.
- Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Enrichment - enhance subject/area knowledge and pedagogy relevant to chosen pathway.
- The Cumbria Teacher of Reading - teaching children to read with a focus on Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
Throughout the year you will be supported by mentors and staff within our partner schools in addition to your Personal Tutor (Primary Programme Lead - PPL) and a University tutor (University Programme Lead - UPL).