The course that you will study is broken into three separate modules; School-Based Experience, Teaching & Learning and Subject Studies (Curriculum Studies for Primary).
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning sessions cover the core teaching & learning knowledge that you will need to be an Outstanding teacher. They are delivered by a range of different colleagues, each leading sessions on their own area of specialism. These colleagues include Outstanding teachers, Subject Leaders and Specialist Leaders in Education all working in collaboration to provide you with the best possible training experience.
Teaching & Learning sessions are held in our specialist training facilities at South Hunsley School and are a mix of lecture style sessions and workshops.
Teaching & Learning sessions cover a range of topics including; behaviour management, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, lesson planning, engaging students, assessment and feedback and working with other adults in the classroom. Each session is designed so that you can embed the practice in schools with specific foci for each week.
Subject Studies sessions are designed to provide you with the specific skills to teach your subject. They are delivered by subject specialists and Specialist Leaders of Education within your subject area, ensuring that you are getting the most up to date and innovate preparation for your subject teaching.
Subject sessions focus on how to teach your subject, but also cover the full curriculum for your subject, ensuring that you get the opportunity to be fully prepared for all the topics that you will encounter in your career.
You may find that you would benefit from our Subject Knowledge Enhancement provision, to prepare you for teaching. Visit our Subject Knowledge page for more information.
Information on all of our subjects is below.
Curriculum Studies sessions are designed to provide you with the specific skills to teach the range of different subjects covered in a primary school. They are delivered by subject specialists and Specialist Leaders of Education within each subject area, ensuring that you are getting the most up to date and innovate preparation for your subject teaching.
Curriculum sessions focus on how to teach different subjects, but also cover the full curriculum for each subject, ensuring that you get the opportunity to be fully prepared for all the topics that you will encounter in your career, from phonics to Computer Science!
The focus of your training is in school, supported by your mentor and host-teachers. However, we do also provide a substantial amount of centralised Teaching & Learning and Subject Studies support. The structure for this is an initial week in September, prior to going into school, split between Teaching & Learning and Subject Studies sessions. After this, you will get one day a week to do Subject Studies and Teaching & Learning sessions out of the environment of your host school, with all of these being held at South Hunsley School. Towards the end of the programme, these days are on alternate weeks, to ensure increased experience in your host school.
To see an overview of our training year, click here.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the provision in our partner schools, meaning that school experience forms a significant part of your teacher training. Learning in an immersive environment, led and supported by high quality, experienced mentors and teachers.
The first 9 weeks of your training programme involve your being on a short, introductory placement in one of our partner schools. This will be your grounding in teaching and allow you to develop your practice in a supportive environment.
Following this placement, you will go to your ‘main placement’ where you will be based for the remainder of the year. This structure allows you to make your early mistakes in a different environment, ready to then take on the challenges of teaching in your main host school.
School experience is such a key part of your training and our system ensures that you get the best support and practice that you can. Your timetable will build up gradually, depending upon your experience (decisions on this are made between you and your mentor), with the aim that you are teaching 65-70% of a full timetable by the end of the programme, preparing you effectively for the 80% timetable that you would teach as an NQT.
To find out more about our fantastic partner schools, visit Partners page.
There are two separate qualifications that you will be working towards in your teacher training year; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Your QTS will be assessed at 6 points during the academic year, where your mentor will write a report on your progress to date, grading this progress using the Ofsted scale for each of the eight Teachers’ Standards.
This is based upon your progress, mentor meeting discussions and observation feedback and something that you will be aware of as it is being written. These reviews are then used to form the judgement at the end of the programme for the awarding of QTS. Don’t worry though, we are there to support you during each review period if there is something that you find more challenging!
The PGCE qualification is assessed and awarded by the University of Hull. This is assessed by four academic assignments written during your training year, based on critical reflection of theory and practice. The university provide large amounts of support for those of you that have not been in an academic environment recently!
For more information on the PGCE element of the course, please visit the University of Hull’s PGCE website.
There are a small number of QTS only places available, without the PGCE qualification at a reduced tuition fee. Please contact us for more information on these by telephoning 01482 631208.
We also accredit School Direct programmes for Wolds Teaching School Alliance. Visit their website for more information.