The Shire Foundation takes responsibility for organising placements for trainees on this route. We work predominantly with schools located within Luton, but are willing to work with other schools within a 30 mile radius of our lead school.
Trainees complete assessed teaching practices within 2 schools and within 2 consecutive age phases. These can be selected from EYFS (nursery school or a reception class), KS1, Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) or Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6). Trainees also complete a Taster Week in another age phase and also a 4-day placement within a special school setting.
You will complete a 25 day teaching practice in your base school during the autumn term, and six weeks in both the spring and summer terms. Occasional visits to your schools will also be completed throughout the year, starting in early September.
The course is personalised to take account of any previous experience in school, but in general the expectation is that you will start in the autumn term by teaching groups of children, building up to 50% whole class teaching in the final week of the Autumn Practice. You will also teach 50% of the lessons in the consecutive age phase by the end of the spring practice. In the summer term, you will build your teaching up to 80% of the timetable.
You will be allocated a mentor within both your teaching practice schools, who will oversee your training and development over the course of the training year. They will meet with you for at least an hour on a weekly basis, as well as observing your teaching, in collaboration with other members of the school staff. At the end of each term you will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards through the submission of an evidence portfolio and a final assessment interview will take place in July.
Shire will also nominate a Visiting Tutor who will support and monitor your progress. They will spend a day each term visiting you within your teaching practice schools.