During your training, you will complete placements at two contrasting secondary schools. These placements will be within TCAT schools, all of which are within a five mile radius in Warrington. This means you can concentrate on your teaching and training rather that spending time commuting to work. These schools are selected to suit your particular training needs and interests to give you the best possible support for your learning.
Four days a week are spent training in classrooms under the guidance of your mentors. On Fridays, throughout the year, the trainee cohort meet together in the TCAT Development Centre at Bridgewater High School to learn the pedagogy of teaching from experienced current practitioners. Students appreciate the chance to come together as a cohort once a week to exchange ideas and discuss their week together.
A classroom teaching timetable will be devised for you by your Curriculum Mentor and you will gradually take over the teaching of your classes at a pace that suits you. By the end of the first placement you will be teaching 50% of a full timetable over 4 days and this will gradually increase in placement 2. You will also observe other expert practitioners both in your department and across other subject areas.
TCAT prides itself on its inclusivity. Most of our Secondary schools have a Designated Provision and students can gain experience of working within these specialised units as well as working with these children in a mainstream setting.
At the end of your first school placement, if you have successfully met all teaching standards, there will be an opportunity to request a third placement at Priestley Sixth Form College which will allow you to include an extended period working with KS5 students
This is a bespoke course. You will gain experience of our TCAT Primary Schools, our Designated Provisions and Priestley Sixth Form College and gain an insight into EAL during your two weeks of enrichment visits to TCAT schools. In addition, we will provide opportunities for you to extend your experience into specialised educational settings including Special Schools and Alternative Provisions.