Our programme prepares trainees to be outstanding teachers through a high-quality teaching and learning experience. The programme supports trainees to meet the government expectations outlined in the 2012 Teachers’ Standards. Impact on pupil progress is at the heart of our programme.
Trainees will work in school alongside good and outstanding teachers four days a week and attend a professional studies day one day a week at their allocated training hub. Our training hubs are in Essex (Debden Park High School, Loughton); Kent (The Atkins Centre, Sidcup) and Coast (Chichester High School, Chichester).
The course begins with a two-week induction programme. This provides every trainee with the knowledge and skill-base to prepare them for their placement schools, where they will observe good and outstanding practice in preparation for teaching.
Our General Professional Studies programme combines a pedagogical approach to learning with practical strategies for use in the classroom. Trainees will gain experience from practising teachers as well as specialist speakers in behaviour management, special educational needs and health and well-being.
Trainees receive one-to-one mentor support throughout their training year. Mentors carry out weekly observations and set targets to enable trainees to develop their teaching. This is documented through a weekly journal to reflect on all aspects of the programme. Trainees receive dedicated subject and curriculum support by a lead subject specialist.
Trainees are asked to submit an evidence bundle to demonstrate their progress against the Teachers’ Standards. The overall quality of trainees’ teaching will be judged by the impact they have had on pupil progress and learning over time.
Trainees experience a short placement of the key stages either side of their training programme and in a specialist teaching provision.