On this course you will learn how to develop your knowledge of Biology within the context of the secondary curriculum, from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.
We will support you as you explore ways of translating your subject knowledge in to effective and engaging learning activities. Throughout your training year you will encounter and explore different methods for using your knowledge and enthusiasm of Biology in order to grow into a teacher whose work inspires young minds.
We will involve you in developing your own understanding of the structure of the secondary curriculum, and you will learn how to use this as the basis from which to build consistently strong lessons. You will learn the craft of lesson planning, creating learning-centred activities alongside a clear vision for how young minds learn. You will be supported in learning how to assess pupil progress and how to use the results of your assessments to refine your lessons. All our programmes help trainee teachers to channel their enthusiasm for their subject specialism into lessons which are grounded in key principles of the curriculum and a commitment to see pupils achieve. You will explore how data is used in education to monitor and plan for progress.
In addition, you will learn how different examination boards structure their GCSE and A level papers, develop an understanding of how these are marked and model your own teaching to prepare pupils for the rigours of exams. Importantly, you will also come to share our vision of how your subject contribute to the whole curriculum and have opportunities to explore cross curricular links working with colleagues.
Your school-based experience will be underpinned by a professional development programme. You will grow your understanding of the teaching profession and the key issues which shape educational provision for young people. The programme provides you with constant opportunities to reflect on your professional practice and to acquire a depth of professional understanding of teaching, learning and assessment. We will ensure our high-quality NTTC curriculum will ensure you have covered the Core Content Framework for Teacher training and at the end of the course can produce a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards to achieve QTS.
You will be supported by your mentor who will be a Biology specialist who understands your needs and with whom you can work in partnership to ensure you have a fantastic and fulfilling year.