This course is for people who understand that a command of language and a knowledge of great literature are fundamental elements of a child’s education and therefore want to train as secondary specialists in English. We are shaped by the thoughts and words of those who have come before us, and the best literature has the power to capture and transform human experience. Students require teachers who have the expertise to help them navigate and critically engage with this complex body of knowledge.
The course will aim to build broad knowledge while acknowledging that individual candidates will want to build their own areas of particular expertise. Our vision for English departments within the Trust is that they should be composed of teachers with a strong overall grasp of both the literary and the linguistic elements of the subject, alongside a deep understanding of particular topics. This deep, specialised knowledge will mean that over time, successful trainees will become a source of expertise and guidance for colleagues across the Trust.
The course will include a thorough foundation in grammatical knowledge, based on an awareness that this element of English has been neglected for many years. If it is to be revived then trainee teachers must be thoroughly knowledgeable and comfortable with grammatical concepts so that they can bring them to life for their students, not merely as dry rules but as a rich framework of ideas that shape meaning for us as readers and writers.
You will learn through developing your knowledge as a professional and as a subject specialist. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Inspiration Teacher Training is the value it places on the richness of knowledge. Firstly, you will deepen your knowledge within your subject specialism through wide reading of literature and literary criticism. Secondly, you will develop professional knowledge to support your subject specialism. You will survey a range of educational research which will shape your teaching practice as you develop a better understanding about learning, reading, and memory.
In these ways and others, our secondary English course will develop you as a scholarly and able practitioner, able to become a leading voice within the field.