This programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to become an effective educator and to enable you to develop your own theories of learning and models of good practice. It gives you extended placements in at least two schools enabling you to gain a broad experience of different and contrasting educational settings.
You will have a two day induction at the University, after which you will begin your first school placement. You will follow the school calendar, working four days per week in school throughout the whole of the school year. You will also complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning, and have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of educational settings.
Throughout the year you will undertake a training day at the University every Friday. You will be attached to a 'collaborative seminar group' where you will work with your peers to reflect on your learning across the week and consider how you have synthesised theory and practice.
Throughout your training year you will have a support network of University tutors, school coordinators and mentors who will help you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
Your school mentor will work with you to develop your classroom skills which are complemented by the pedagogic development supported at university. Throughout the year you will meet with your mentor formally once a week to review your individual training plan and to set professional development targets.
Your second placement will enable you to work in a school where a fellow trainee is employed. You will visit your paired trainee in school for five weeks and your paired trainee will visit you for five weeks. During this time you will work collaboratively in both schools, engaging in some joint planning, team teaching and solo teaching.
Your practical teaching will be assessed by University tutors and school-based mentors/coordinators and moderated by external examiners. All elements of your work across the year will be taken into account and there are no written exams. You will need to demonstrate your practical abilities as a teacher and your theoretical understanding of this practice and must fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Standards.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with, which supports your development as a beginning teacher. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
After first identifying your chosen lead school from our list, you need to apply directly to the school via UCAS-TT, using the relevant Training Provider Code. You must also submit a personal statement.
Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University and at your placement school. Successful applicants will be offered a place.
If you do not have GCSE qualifications, please view our information on the qualifications that we will accept as equivalent to GCSE in English language, maths and science.