Our programme is intensive, stimulating, thought provoking and challenging. It is based on the premise that all teachers should aspire to outstanding practice.
There are 6 distinct components to our training programme and each is explicitly linked, assuring that there is a coherence between the elements:
- Classroom Practice
- Professional Studies Training Modules (Professional Studies, Barriers to Learning)
- Subject Knowledge Development Modules (English, Maths and Wider Curriculum)
- School Based Tasks
- Masters Level study
Professional Studies Programme
The Training Centre at John Taylor High School will be the main venue for much of the Professional Studies training, although we deliver some of the programme here at William Shrewsbury as well as other local primary schools in the Central Co-operative Learning Trust to enable you to develop theory alongside practice. We have worked collaboratively to design and deliver truly outstanding and exciting school based training programmes. During these sessions trainees come together to develop their curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching, look at professional issues relevant to all teachers such as inclusion, safeguarding, behaviour management and pastoral care as well as pedagogical themes including assessment for learning and differentiation. Professional Studies training generally takes place on a Friday and will provide an opportunity for you to mix with other trainees from our programmes.
Primary Subject Knowledge Programme
Alongside pedagogical themes, a significant proportion of your training will involve the development of your curriculum and subject knowledge for teaching. There will be an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, but we feel that it is equally important to develop your confidence to teach the wider curriculum effectively.
Masters in Teaching and Learning
Alongside your QTS you will be accredited with a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits. The academic side of the programme will be accredited by the University of Derby. The credits are fully portable and can be used on other Master’s level programmes, subject to the agreement of the receiving university. There will be three assignments over the year, which will be closely linked with the QTS training programme and are designed to support you in becoming effective classroom practitioners. You will have full access to the University of Derby Library and VLE to support you, all university input will take place in the Training Centre at John Taylor High School.