The Science Departments at our trust schools are outstanding and an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career.
Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well-qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the Biology (and Science) curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4.
Trainee timetables are progressive in design, however, trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support. All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).
Progress is monitored with your planning, teaching and assessment being observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with your professional mentor. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards.
Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training. This training takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning and is delivered by lead practitioners and specialist leaders of education.
Can I refresh my subject knowledge?
Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As a Trainee Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen.
- A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is available, with a bursary, for Biology.
- As it is expected that you will be proficient in teaching all three areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we will also provide free access to our online learning platform which will tailor learning around your needs.
How do I become a qualified teacher?
The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assignments, teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training. A PGCE is awarded from the University of Manchester.