This is a training programme designed especially for people with a passion for teaching in the 3-7 age range and the Early Years Foundation Stage and is structured in way that will give you the skills and experience most sought after by employers.
The course is multi-layered, involving:
- Red Kite professional development days
- School placements
- University lectures
- Twilight sessions
- Conferences, tutorials and mini-placements focussed on Barriers to Learning, Special Educational Needs, Adult Mental Health, Behaviour, English as an Additional Language and Employment
- Reading, research and reflections
You’ll start in school on the first day of term and see first-hand how teachers get to know and understand their pupils and the group dynamics of their classes.
You’ll also spend a full 24 weeks on your placements, meaning you get to properly immerse yourself in school life with both pupils and colleagues.
You’ll learn about the early learning goals in the seven areas of learning and development, with a particular focus on early language and extending vocabulary. Early Years teachers must ensure that children have a smooth transition to Key Stage 1 curriculum and know how to effectively teach systematic synthetic phonics.
The professional development days are carefully sequenced in block weeks across the year and all sessions are led by inspirational teachers, both online and across the Red Kite partnership in six different training bases across Leeds and North Yorkshire. There are phase and subject specific sessions with a chance to pursue your own interests and specialise.
You then apply your learning in the classroom to practice and refine your teaching. You will be supported by fully trained mentors who will guide you to reflect upon your teaching and provide feedback that helps you to improve.
Red Kite has an exclusive partnership with the University of Leeds and you’ll get to spend eight days during your training year working with the prestigious School of Education there, learning from some of the country’s leading educational researchers to gain your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Some of the training days are face to face at the university and some are delivered online but all are specifically designed to give you all the knowledge and support you need to develop an evidence-based approach to teaching.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll complete four Primary assignments to gain 60 Masters credits.