The School Direct (tuition fee) course is 38 weeks in length. The course combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate that they are meeting the Teachers’ Standards. There are in-built assessment structures which help Trainees to audit their knowledge and understanding as well as support to help remedy individual areas for development. Trainees are asked to select one of two distinct pathways to follow.
- Pathway 1: Prepares Trainees to teach at both EYFS and Key Stage 1
- Pathway 2: Prepares Trainees to teach at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
During the first half of the Autumn term the Trainee gains experience of their Host Placement Class whilst also spending time in other classes and age groups within this setting. In the second half of the Autumn Term, the Trainee will be in school for ten consecutive days when they will be expected to teach whole class lessons. After some preparation and planning time at the end of the Autumn Term, the Trainee Teacher will undertake a five week block practice in their Twin Placement School in the Spring Term, teaching 50% of the timetable. In the Summer Term the Trainee will teach 80% of the timetable during their eight-week block practice.
The Trainee Teacher will receive support and guidance from a Mentor, Training Manager, Lead Practitioners and the Course Director. The Training Manager is the Trainee’s line manager and oversees them throughout the year. The Mentor, who is an experienced member of the school teaching team, works closely with the Trainee on development of all areas of teaching and learning. There is a close working relationship between all those involved in delivering training.