The first part of your training (the Lead School Experience) is based predominantly in the Lead School for your subject. This school has a specialism in your subject area and the Lead Tutors are subject experts who are also excellent teachers and trainers.
Each school has dedicated training areas so that your training consists of quality time with your tutors.
The initial training is focused on subject pedagogy:
How highly effective planning leads to successful outcomes in the classroom;
How you can ensure pupils make good progress in their learning;
How you can assess learning to inform next steps and strategies to support highly skilled personalisation.
You will be immersed in the school environment from the beginning and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and see / implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.
The next stage of the course is called Stage A. This is a full-time placement in a partnership school with some core development days at your Lead School and Leeds Trinity University.
During this stage you will have a dedicated Subject Mentor who will observe you teach, support you with your planning and developing your subject knowledge for teaching. They will be your first port of call during this stage of training when you establish yourself in the classroom as the Teacher.
The third stage of the course Stage B, is a full-time placement in a contrasting partnership school, again with some core development.
In the last two weeks of the training year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an enrichment and enhancement placement or experiences. What this looks like is entirely different for each trainee as this is a time to pursue an interest such as working in a SEND school, an additional subject, organising out of school learning and many more options!