An exciting year filled with new experiences, personal growth and professional development.
For both of our School Direct routes and Apprenticeships, you will spend one academic year working within two of our Trust schools as an integral member of the school team, developing your skills alongside experienced professionals while accessing additional support and mentoring from our subject experts and your designated in-school mentor.
On both the School Direct routes route you will spend four days per week gaining practical experience within one of our Trust schools. Upon first commencing the programme, ITT Fee Funded School Direct trainees typically spend a large proportion of their time observing and supporting lessons before progressing to independent teaching. Trainees on the ITT Employment Based route will also spend time observing lessons but will move on to delivering their own activities and lessons sooner than ITT Fee Funded trainees. On all programmes, you will be supported in developing the skills fundamental to a career in teaching and encouraged to engage in every facet of school life, gradually taking on additional challenges and shared responsibility for pupils.
On this route you will spend four days per week gaining practical experience within one of our Trust schools. You will teach approximately 12-14 hours per week. I When you’re not teaching you will spend time observing lessons, allowing you to work with and learn from expert colleagues that will model and demonstrate effective teaching practices. You will be supported in developing the skills fundamental to a career in teaching and encouraged to engage in every facet of school life, gradually taking on additional challenges and shared responsibility for pupils
You will be supported in developing the skills fundamental to a career in teaching and encouraged to engage in every facet of school life, gradually taking on additional challenges and shared responsibility for pupils
Your remaining day will be dedicated to study with our partner, Their award-winning blended learning programme will allow you to develop core professional and pedagogical skills while strengthening your subject knowledge. Your studies will predominantly be carried out on an innovative e-learning platform, through which you will gain 24/7 access to course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible. You will also be able to participate in an exciting programme of face-to-face workshops and specialist teaching visits to contextualise your training and research.
Your remaining day will for your 20% "off the job training", which is defined as learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It will be directly relevant to your apprenticeship programme, delivered and tracked by Tes Institute’s innovative e-learning platform and will teach you new knowledge, skills, and behaviours associated with the teacher training Apprenticeship standards. This day will cover professional standards, subject specific content providing a strong grounding in the theory. The online learning will be consolidated by practical and collaborative activities that encourage application and critique of theory whilst learning with and from others as well as time and support for the completion of assignments.
All of our courses lead to QTS with the additional option of adding on a PGCE.
In order to obtain QTS, you will be required to complete two higher education assessments of upwards of 3,000 words throughout the year. Applicants on the PGCE route will need to complete three.
Typical assignment topics include:
- The Teaching of a Foundation Subject
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- Subject Knowledge Development
In addition to these formal assessments, you will continuously work on completing the tasks and objectives laid out in your Training Plan. This document will act as a structured record of your learning and professional development, providing evidential support for your application for QTS.
Our streamlined approach to assessment ensures there are ‘no surprises’ or superfluous workload additions. Ongoing assessment is embedded throughout the programme with frequent, meaningful and authentic opportunities for self-reflection, feedback and evaluation in dialogue with programme mentors and tutors. This ranges from weekly practice-focused dialogue after informal coaching observations to half termly progress checks that capture development and emerging needs in relation to the learning framework. All of this is captured via the e-learning platform, efficiently contributing to the final assessment.
The final assessment is in two stages with both stages including professional discussion on your development informed by the work and learning portfolio developed on the e-learning platform. At the end of the three term (12 months) apprenticeship programme you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, as required to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Three months after this (in your fourth term) you will then complete an end point assessment (EPA), conducted by an external EPA organisation that quality assures the apprenticeship training and development programme.
You will be provided with a range of high-level support throughout both of your School Placements to enable you to effectively learn about all aspects of teaching.
Each trainee is assigned an experienced in-school mentor who will act as your day-to-day point of support during the programme. Through weekly meetings and regular monitoring, your mentor will ensure that you have extensive opportunities to observe and explore teaching and learning, collaborate with expert colleagues and participate in other training experiences within your placement.