For the majority of your teacher training with Polaris you will be based in school. We work in partnership with York St John University to deliver contemporary and highly relevant education and training - providing you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of primary education.
In addition to your ongoing classroom-based learning, you will attend 17 Polaris training days, either at our lead school in Malton or online. Here you will receive high quality professional training from Specialist Leaders and Tutors to support you in the following key areas:
- gaining understanding of the primary curriculum;
- principles of planning, teaching and assessment;
- behaviour and classroom management;
- pupil achievement and barriers to learning;
- meeting the needs of all children;
- safeguarding and professional expectations
To underpin and enhance your practical teaching experience in the classroom, you will also attend 17 days with York St John University across the year, where you will develop deep subject knowledge and pedagogy around primary education.
You will have plenty of opportunities to observe excellent teaching in the classroom, reflecting on and learning about good practice from teachers and mentors and getting to know the children in your class before you begin teaching a small amount of the timetable with lots of support. This gradually builds up over the course until you are teaching around 70-80% of the timetable for your final teaching practice.
You’ll be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two teaching placements in different classes. You will also benefit from a 6-week contrasting placement in a different school. In school you will be welcomed as a valued member of staff, attending school staff meetings, participating in training days and other professional training opportunities throughout the year. Your training will focus on either the 3-7 or 7-11 age phase, although you will be trained and qualified to teach across both.
Although ours is a very practical programme, we also work closely with YSJU to offer high quality academic preparation for teaching, designed to underpin your own understanding and practice as you progress through the course. You will need to pass two Masters Level academic modules leading to award of PGCE.
Your teaching in the classroom will be assessed by teachers, mentors and tutors, all of whom support your progress as a primary practitioner. This is an ongoing and supportive process.