The course

Our vision is to be an oasis of opportunity and potential for all pupils and trainee teachers

As a partnership of schools, we work together to recruit and train excellent teachers, who are inspired and equipped to continue to develop their teaching and leadership skills throughout their careers.

The course aims to:

  • To train outstanding teachers who ensure that all pupils in their classrooms make rapid and sustained progress
  • To develop a strong workforce for our local schools
  • To employ and retain qualified teachers in the local area through outstanding training and tracking of provision through their ITT year and their NQT year.
  • Proved access to outstanding quality and professional development for potential teachers
  • Enable trainees to achieve recommendation for Qualified teacher status and gain the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Masters level.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Trainees who have successful completed all the requirements of the programme will show:

  • Outstanding knowledge, skills and understanding in teaching who has exceeded the normative Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
  • Excellent subject knowledge of the National Curriculum that is secure and detailed including national and local developments to deliver the curriculum
  • Well developed understanding of how children learn including early mathematics, reading and synthetic phonics
  • An ability to reflect on own practice and strive for excellence
  • Ability to demonstrate consistent and effective learning environments that challenge and stretch all learners, which are rooted in mutual respect
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and challenge learners
  • Well developed understanding of how to plan to meet the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and consistently and effectively evaluate and adapt teaching to support them
  • Consistent and effective use of formative and summative data to secure progress for all pupils, through a sequence of lessons over time
  • Ability to take responsibility for and have the knowledge, understanding and skills to promote and manage behaviour effectively and create an excellent climate for learning
  • Initiate and take responsibility for their own personal development through consulting consistently and effectively with colleagues as appropriate
  • High standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school by demonstrating a highly professional approach to teaching through having an appropriate conduct and understanding school policies and practice.

The course ensures that the trainee develops an understanding of the philosophy of education, the theories of learning through to an understanding of how children learn in the early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The training includes a critical evaluation of theory, research and practice delivered by current practitioners who will ensure the course reflects on implications in the classroom at all times. The course covers the following:

The core subjects:

English – pedagogy including pupil misconceptions, phases of progression, practical applications
Mathematics - pedagogy including pupil misconceptions, phases of progression, practical applications
Science - pedagogy including pupil misconceptions, phases of progression, practical applications

The training emphasises the importance of understanding child development including reading, language, numeracy including concrete, practical, abstract approaches and investigational science.

There is also support and training on the other curriculum subjects:

  • Design and technology
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship

Other aspects of the programme are:

  • Assessment – understanding the theory of assessment and application on a daily basis
  • Behaviour for learning including classroom management strategies
  • Special Educational Needs and disabilities
  • English as an additional language

All the sessions provide a theory base and address current issues. The style of delivery includes: lectures, discussions, activities, seminars, national speakers, assignments and tasks related to the area of study. Assignments are set during the course to deepen the knowledge of key aspects including pupil progress and special educational needs.

At school level trainees will receive further training from their School Based Educator as well as from their partner teacher. They will be able to apply the theory from the training into their own classroom practice and will be set targets from the feedback to ensure the teaching skills are further developed. Trainees will also attend in school staff training.

Trainees are actively encouraged to reflect on their own learning and take on personal study. They write a Reflective Journal and maintain a record of professional development.

By the end of the course the trainee will have become a proficient and reflective classroom practitioner with the confidence to further develop their teaching careers.

Once the course is completed they can become part of the NQT cohort with our teaching school. Details can be found on www.teachingschoolalliance.com.