The English department at The Oldham Academy North is an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career. There is a mix of recently qualified and extremely experienced staff within the department. The department is well resourced with excellent facilities. The subject mentors for English are mastery practitioners. The faculty has an effective curriculum plan across Key Stage 3 and 4, with detailed medium plans and resources to guide and support lesson planning.
The course is split into 3 key phases. During phase 1 (September - December), you will be based with your host school and for all trainees, this will be The Oldham Academy North. During the first few weeks, we will familiarise you with the key elements of school life. You will be guided by your English subject mentor, as you begin initial observations of skilled practitioners. As the term progresses, you will begin teaching episodes within lessons, which will see you develop to a teaching timetable by October half term. You will always have a qualified teacher present so that you can benefit from high quality developmental feedback. During this term, you will also begin your subject specific study days at Liverpool Hope and your assignment tutorials with a subject specialist. In school, you will benefit from weekly Professional Studies sessions, delivered by the School Direct Lead.
During phase 2 (January - April), you will move to your contrasting school placement. Again, you will begin with observations, but this will quickly lead to a teaching timetable by week 3. During your second placement, you will continue to receive all the support and training opportunities that were available from the host school. The School Direct Lead will visit you at least once per week in the placement, to ensure that you continue to make good progress towards qualifying.
During phase 3 (April - July), you will return to the host school, where you will be skilled enough to return to a teaching timetable by the end of the first week. By this point, you will be able to plan, teach, assess and manage behaviour to the standards required for qualifying. You will also complete your second assignment, and a short primary school placement.
You will leave us confident in your skills and abilities, and ready to take up the challenge of your first teaching post and NQT induction year.