Overview of the Part-Time Programme

This is a two year part time training programme running from the middle of September to the third week of July.

What is the Structure of the Programme?

There are eight main elements to the programme:

  • Induction Day – 30th August, is when all of the trainees come together to meet the team and in the afternoon they spend some time with their school based tutors in their tutor groups.
  • Trainee School Visit Day – held in July for trainees to meet their tutors in school.
  • Beginning of Training – the programme starts at the beginning of September. Trainees spend four days together over the first two weeks at the central training venue in Harrogate preparing to start their placement.
  • Placements – Trainees have a part-time non-assessed placement starting in September in a school of their choice with full-time assessed teaching practices in different schools in the Spring term.  Year 1 teaching practice is 8 weeks, year 2 teaching practice is 9 weeks.
  • Structured Mentoring – to develop classroom skills and to support the application of skills, knowledge and understanding gained by trainees as they progress through the programme.
  • Distance Learning – to support more rural areas a hub model has been adopted.  This will involve some on-line lectures and question and answer sessions.
  • Tutor Groups – Each of four key geographical areas have tutor groups led by skilled and well trained professionals supporting the development of the trainees and enabling support from other trainees in your area.
  • Core Subjects – extended central training on the three core subjects, English, Mathematics and Science.
  • Other Curriculum Subjects – focused central training in Art, SMSC, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Computing, Music, PE, PSHE and RE
  • Broad Professional Studies – an introduction to issues relating to:
    • Pedagogy
    • Child Development
    • The National Curriculum, including planning teaching strategies, assessment for learning and cross-curriculum themes and dimensions
    • Aspects of the broader educational debate including Child Protection and Principles of Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values
    • Behaviour Management, Inclusion and Systematic Synthetic Phonics
  • Training as a teacher under supervision – in compliance with The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003 (SI 1662), our trainees carry out the following duties under supervision of their class teacher or school based tutor:
    1. planning and preparing lessons and courses for pupils;
    2. delivering lessons to pupils;
    3. assessing the development, progress and attainment of pupils; and
    4. reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils.
The programme meets the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards for the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status.

How can you prepare to start the programme?

  • When accepted onto the programme, you will be given a reading list to support your preparation.
  • Read current educational materials e.g. Times Educational Supplement (available on Fridays or Time Online),  links such as www.education.gov.uk.
  • Read the Teachers’ Standards and become familiar with the basis for all initial teacher training.
  • Read the advice for Ofsted inspectors inspecting Initial Teacher Training, particularly from page 29.
  • Read the Framework_for_content of_Initial_Teacher_Training_(ITT)_2006 so that you understand what will be covered by the programme.
  • Read the  Ofsted inspectors School Inspection Handbook to familiarise yourself with what makes a good or outstanding school.
  • Spend more time in primary schools in the grant maintained sector, familiarising yourself with what teachers do as part of their role and how they manage classroom behaviour.

I was interested in Special Education and they managed to organise a placement for me in a special school

Trainee 2014