This is an innovative, flexible, two-year part-time training programme aimed at those with family commitments and IT professionals who are ambitious to train in the classroom but need the flexibility to remain in work.
There are two options for study:
1: Train two days per week each year and then complete a full-time teaching practice of 8 weeks at the end of year two in term 5 and 6 (finishing in June).
2: Train two days per week throughout year one then 3 days per week in year two (finishing in June).
Both options cost £5,500 each year.
Over two years, trainees will have more than 120 days in school. Professional learning days are included in the training days, although there may be an occasional day when Trainees are required to attend an event such as an Employment conference. Subject knowledge days will be delivered in twilight sessions.
Our hybrid approach to learning combines traditional classroom experiences and digital course delivery, all taught by practising teachers.
The course covers curriculum design, development of teaching materials, planning classroom activities and classroom management. Trainees will work with tutors and fellow trainees to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering your knowledge of computing in the 11-16 context with post-16 enhancements.
At KS3 the computing programme of study is divided into information technology, digital literacy and computer science. We will investigate each strand, emphasising the computational thinking skills that are common to all three.
Most schools in England deliver computer science at GCSE. We will build on your subject knowledge, giving you the confidence to teach and possibly to lead in this fast-growing subject.
There is a national shortage of teachers who can deliver post-16 computer science qualifications. One of the aims of this course is to introduce the programming paradigms required at A-level, in particular in the delivery of the NEA programming project.
As a computing trainee you will have additional training from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), whose Computer Science GCSE Accelerator programme is integrated into the course. As well as receiving your QTS, you will obtain a professionally recognised training certificate, awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The part-time computing course is QTS-only as this programme has extra subject knowledge input and more focus on practical teaching application.