Successful candidates will be placed in a main placement school for two and a half terms. All trainees have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11, depending on which route the candidate and placement school agree upon.
Many applicants come to us supported by their current employing school, where they may be employed as a Teaching Assistant etc. However for many other candidates, we are able to find a suitable placement school.
When selecting a main placement school, we take the following into consideration:
- which of our partner schools would like a trainee
- the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses
- distance between the trainee’s home and the placement school
- any links that trainees may have with schools
The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and is not confirmed until a visit has taken place by the potential trainee to the suggested school.
A second, minor placement will take place in the first half of the Spring term in a contrasting key stage to that of the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a mentor for assistance.
Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.
On Thursdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools.
All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.
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