We work with a range of schools and settings across the North West predominately, working with just over 200 settings in 2018/19. There may be opportunities beyond the North West, but this is considered on a bespoke basis but includes distance placements such as Luton, The Isle of man and the opportunity to be placed from an alternative address e.g. Northern Ireland.
Trainees are placed with children aged 11 to 16 years and undertake assessed placements in at least two different settings. All trainees engage with additional experiences during the programme including Key Stage 2 and transition, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, post-16 teaching and learning and working with learners for whom English is an Additional Language
Hands-on classroom experience, opportunities to further subject knowledge and establishing a wide range of exciting, innovative and interactive teaching methods are integral to the programme. Trainees develop their own learning skills and reflect upon, and take charge of, their own development as a trainee teacher. Trainees gain knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ. The essential strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school are embedded throughout the trainees’ journey.
Placements vary in length from three day enhancements in specialised settings, up to sixty-nine days block placements.
Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.