You will be employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the training year and as such will complete most of your training within your employing school, following a personalised training plan. Placement schools will usually be within the Pioneer Learning Trust in Luton: Chantry Primary Academy, Southfield Primary and Whitefield Primary Academy.
Shire is accredited to offer training within the primary age range 3-11. Trainees choose to train within one of 2 age ranges: 3-7 (EYFS/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1 and KS2).
In the autumn and spring terms you will have responsibility for a maximum of 70% whole class teaching each week, with this rising to a maximum of 80% in the latter half of the summer term. In the second half of the spring term, you will complete a 6-week teaching practice in a second school, within a consecutive age phase.
Training time will be allocated each week. This will include attending 23 days of centre-based training at The Shire Foundation training venue based at Hillborough Junior School. These sessions include a focus on curriculum studies (core subject areas and the foundation subjects), alongside professional studies (planning, assessment, behaviour management, working with pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and working with pupils with English as an additional language). Training activities will also take place within the employing school setting, including observations of good practice, discussions with other professionals, INSET training and opportunities to complete reading and research.
You will be allocated a school based tutor from your school, who will oversee your training and development over the course of the training year. They will meet with you for at least an hour on a weekly basis, as well as observing your teaching, in collaboration with other members of your school staff. At the end of the training year you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards through the submission of an evidence portfolio and a final assessment interview.
Shire will also nominate a Quality Assurance Tutor who will support and monitor your progress. They will spend a day each term visiting you within your school.
Trainees following this route may also opt to complete a PGCE qualification alongside QTS. 60 credits at masters level, accredited by the University of Buckingham, will be awarded on the successful completion of 3 academic assignments. Please note that there is an additional fee for this option.