The Primary course prepares Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach all subjects in the National Curriculum and aims to prepare successful applicants to grow into reflective, creative, proactive practitioners through an on-going analysis of their own progress and development. All ATs follow a forward-thinking curriculum that focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding related to effective learning, teaching and pedagogical development within the classroom. Teaching is based on lectures, workshops, skills training and seminars with individual support through one-to-one and group tutorials forming an integral feature of the programme.
We organise the course to provide ATs with an in-depth understanding of a range of teaching, learning and educational experiences to inform both their training and pedagogical development. You will benefit not only from a highly experienced Course Leader who is at the forefront of developments in education but also from the specialist support and expertise of practising teachers and senior leaders.
The programme follows the three school term year with two teaching placements taking place during the course. At the beginning of the Autumn Term, an intensive training period takes place to prepare Associate Teachers for their first experiences in school. Placement A consists of three days a week with a teaching commitment increasing to 50%, Placement B increases to four days and, during the final term, you will benefit from spending five days a week in your placement school, teaching 80% of the timetable.
A blend of practical experience and theory gained during the course is assessed in a number of ways. Teaching knowledge, skills and understanding is monitored through lesson observations, professional learning conversations, reflective journals and progress review meetings together with a number of written academic assignments that focus on theory into practice and key aspects of pedagogical development. We work closely with Staffordshire University on our Masters Programme.
The quality of relationships across the Consortium of schools is outstanding and is developed collaboratively at every stage to ensure that training is at the cutting edge of education. Effective communication is paramount to the continued success of this partnership, allowing WMC to map development needs with the best-placed partnership schools to ensure a tailored programme that is designed to suit all aspiring teachers.
WMC has established a fantastic reputation across the West Midlands. Historically, the majority of ATs have gained teaching posts before the end of their training period with a high percentage placed within partner schools.