Our ambitious, inspiring training programme consists of several different complementary strands.
You’ll learn about educational theory in your professional studies input sessions and develop your primary subject knowledge in curriculum input sessions from subject experts held at our training base in Wickford and in partnership schools. In these sessions you will engage with the latest research about how pupils learn, how to help pupils overcome disadvantages, and how to motivate and engage them. You will cover practical aspects of teaching such as using ICT to engage learners, managing your workload, developing relationships with pupils and their families and voice care. You will learn too about your legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding young people.
You’ll spend a high proportion of your time on the course working in schools, gaining hands-on experience and putting your knowledge of theory into practice with the support of a lead and class mentor. You will start by watching expert teachers and gradually build up your skills and confidence. Once you start teaching, your lessons will be observed and you will have opportunities to discuss how the lesson went. Your regular meetings with your lead mentor will help you to link the theory from input sessions to whole school practice and the weekly meeting with the class mentor will be an opportunity to highlight your achievements and plan your next steps. You will find you really feel part of the team in school.
You’ll also read widely, submit written tasks reflecting on your teaching and prepare oral presentations on aspects of education that interest you. We make sure that these tasks are evenly spread throughout the course and our weekly newsletter reminds you of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can discuss any issues or worries.
You also have the opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) supported by lectures at our Wickford base. You submit two 5000 word assignments, one on Special Educational Needs and one on your own research. Validated by the University of Suffolk, the PGCE is worth 60 Master credits.
During the course we’ll use observations of your teaching, your assignments and reflections to continuously, formatively assess your progress. Additional observations will be undertaken in mathematics.
There is a formal review at the end of each school placement, with the final assessment to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.