Overview of The Programme

This is a one year full time training programme running from the beginning 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 – held on 30th June 2017 ,and 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.
  • Trainee School Visit Day – held in July for trainees to meet their tutors in school.
  • Beginning of Training – the programme begins on Monday 4th September. Trainees spend eight days together over the first two weeks at the central training venue in Harrogate preparing to start their placement
  • Placements – Trainees have one main placement school starting in September with a contrasting placement in a different key stage in the Spring term.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The quality of the newly qualified teachers graduating from the programme is so much higher than anything we have seen from other local programmes. It's as though they have already been teaching for two years.

Headteacher 2015