Our programme is school-led. For the majority of your training you will be based in school, from the first day of term in September until the end of the course in June.
Polaris Teaching School Alliance and York St John University work in partnership to deliver contemporary and highly relevant education and training, providing excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of primary education. In addition to your ongoing classroom-based learning, you will come to regular ‘hub’ days at our lead school in Malton. Here you will receive quality professional training from Polaris Specialist Leaders and tutors to support you in 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 twenty training days at 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 will 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 partnership 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.
Ours is a very practical programme without a great weight on written assignments. You will need to pass two academic modules in order to meet the programme aims and gain your PGCE. These are designed to underpin your own understanding and practice as you progress through the course. More crucial are observations by teachers, mentors and tutors of your progress as a primary practitioner, which is an ongoing and supportive process.