Our inspiring training programme consists of several different complementary strands but with a greater focus on mathematics.
You’ll learn about educational theory in your seminars held at our training base in Wickford, Essex and neighbouring schools. In these sessions you’ll engage with the latest research about how pupils learn , how to help them overcome disadvantage, and how to motivate and engage them. You’ll also cover practical aspects of teaching such as the using ICT, managing your workload and voice care. Additional seminars on mathematics will be available to prepare you for the mathematics subject leader role. You’ll learn too about your legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding young people.
You’ll spend 80% of your time working in school, gaining hands-on experience and putting your knowledge of theory into practice with the support of a lead and class mentor. You’ll start by watching expert teachers and gradually build up your skills and confidence. Once you start teaching, your lessons will be observed and you’ll have opportunities to discuss how the lesson went. Your weekly meeting with your lead mentor will help you to link the theory from seminars 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’ll find you really feel part of the team in school. Your class mentor will be a mathematics subject leader.
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 University of Suffolk the PGCE is worth 60 Master’s credits.
During the course we’ll use observations of your teaching, your assignments and reflections to continuously assess your progress. Additional observations will be undertaken in mathematics. There is a formal review at the end of each term, with the final assessment to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.