THIS IS OUR PRIMARY (AGE 5-11) POSTGRADUATE TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP - FOR EARLY YEARS (AGE 3-7) POSTGRADUATE TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP, SEE COURSE A965.
Our training programme is varied, innovative and inspiring. Through it, our trainees have access to excellent teaching and a variety of experiences in our partner schools. The core elements of our programmes have been developed over 20 years of experience. ‘Trainees learn not only what to teach and how to teach it, but also develop a deep understanding of how children learn. Trainees forge their own identity as a teacher and become impressive role models’ OFSTED 2022
Trainees will spend time in school every week, which promotes application of theoretical learning to classroom practice. Training is front-loaded to the Autumn term, which means more time in school during the Summer term preparing for being a fully-fledged ECT. Apprentices, because they are being paid for their training, will probably be expected to hold more solo class teaching responsibilities from the outset of the programme. Whilst in school, apprentices should also be given opportunities to observe successful teachers; teach children in small groups up to whole classes; plan and deliver learning to children (with coaching and mentoring from expert School Based Trainer) and join in with school-led training opportunities.
We assess trainee skills by judging impact on the outcomes for the children being taught. Information for assessment is presented in written formats, portfolios, presentations and tutorial discussions. All assessments are continuous throughout the year through individual tasks and group projects.
Core Training takes place at our dedicated training centre and in venues across the area. It provides inspirational, hands-on training from safeguarding to subject knowledge; behaviour management to building resilience; well-being to pedagogy, and much more. Training days provide an opportunity to share experiences, while learning from our expert trainers. These sessions provide trainees with ‘headspace’ and an opportunity to reflect on teaching, as well as learning new skills and pedagogies to take back to school.
The Apprenticeship route (paid for by the Apprenticeship Levy) only leads to the award of QTS, applicants can have the option to study for the PGCE element at their own personal cost, currently £1,350, but because of the class teaching responsibilities, we usually recommend that the PGCE is taken as a “bolt on” during the ECT years.