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Programme Structure

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into three stages all of which are delivered in the school setting:

 STAGE 1 September to December   
  • an initial focus on both professional learning and subject knowledge/pedagogy
  • a placement in your first school. 
 STAGE 2 December to March  
  • further professional learning and subject studies
  • a full time teaching placement in your second school.
 STAGE 3 March to June  
  • the placement in your second school resumes in a new class, culminating in a 70% teaching timetable
  • additional student focussed activity  
  • an enrichment block with the opportunity to extend experience to a very different setting
  • further professional learning days including preparation and transition to employment
  • other enrichment opportunities focussing on key national priorities e.g. phonics teaching in primary schools 

During the year, and in teaching placements, trainees will be supported by School Mentors and a Lead Tutor.  These are all experienced and current classroom practitioners.

Assessment of Trainees

Trainees are assessed against the teachers’ standards in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence for this comes from a range of sources which include lesson plans, lesson observations; pupils ‘ work scrutiny, medium term planning, mentor meeting records, subject knowledge tracking. In order to gain the Post Graduate Certificate of Education trainees must reflect and evaluate their own practice as well as completing two additional Level 7 assignments, which earn Masters Credits.

Trainees’ progress will be formally reviewed and assessed at the end of each stage but formative assessment underpinning development occurs continuously throughout the course.


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