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.
Following an induction in your first placement school at the end of August, you will follow the school calendar for the duration of the academic year and begin your placement at the beginning of the academic year. During the first term you undertake a variety of tasks and observations and are gradually introduced to teaching your subject. You work closely with your school-based mentors and with your tutor who visits you in school.
During the spring term you will complete a placement in a second school, to promote collaborative learning and broaden your experience.
As part of the programme you will also undertake a school-based inquiry project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest.
In addition to your placements, you will also complete 40 University-based days spread across the year where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your 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 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 the subject you want to teach, identify a placement school from our list. You then need to apply directly to the relevant lead school via UCAS-TT, searching for the lead school by name. 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.