Associate Teachers will spend most of their time in one placement school where their teaching practice will be supported by a WMC Course Leader and school mentor. Placements will focus on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The AT is employed as an unqualified teacher by their placement school for the duration of the programme.
Associate Teachers are very well-supported during their placements by experienced Mentors within their placement schools and by their Course Leader. As a trainee teacher, you will experience a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your individual needs. You will spend time observing expert colleagues, supporting group work and sharing classes with the teacher before moving towards independent teaching. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the wider life of the school, becoming an integral part of the school community through, for example, supporting extra-curricular activities.
Placement A carries a 50% teaching commitment with the teaching commitment increasing to 60% within Placement B moving towards a full 5 day placement. Associate Teachers will move towards an 80%, teaching commitment during the summer term which mirrors the commitment and workload of an Early Career Teacher.
ATs also experience a short placement in Key Stage Three which focuses on effective transition from primary to secondary education together with the opportunity to visit a number of specialised settings, for example, SEMH, a special school, ASD provision and supporting pupils with speech and language challenges, to learn more about inclusion.
The majority of ATs trained through this route are employed by the training school after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school and wish to develop their teaching career within the school which invested in their training.
The SDS programme is very intensive and you will need to devote an extensive amount of time and effort to developing your teaching knowledge, skills and understanding whilst completing the course. Applicants should be prepared for a very busy but tremendously enjoyable year!