You’ll spend most of your time in school placements with some time dedicated to theoretical learning. Your training is likely to include a combination of:
- unobserved and observed teaching
- taught sessions
- seminars and workshops
- tasks and assignments
- engagement with academic or professional research
The theoretical part of your training will be delivered a mix of expert colleagues, subject leads and nationally recognised experts in their field. Our training is largely school-based and is complimented by in-depth investigation to current research and the latest cutting-edge processes and techniques in teaching. Your school placement general mentor will also be on hand to support you in your school placement and learning; your mentor will provide feedback, support and guidance.
Early Career Teacher (ETC)
Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), your first two years teaching will be as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). The ECT period will bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards.
The Early Career Framework, ensures that ECT’s have access to high quality training to support your development. Your teaching timetable is reduced in order that you can fully engage with the activities in your ECT induction programme.
Nationally, the need for good teachers has never been greater; and there is no indication that this demand will change!
As a great teacher, there is certainly no need to be concerned about good job prospects, security or career progression.
Middle Leader (Teaching)
As a middle leader, you take responsibility for a particular function or stream of school life. This will mean that a portion of your working time will take place outside of a classroom and involved in discussions about strategy and school improvement.
In a secondary school, a middle leadership position will normally be one of:
- Head of Year
- Head of Subject
- Pastoral lead
- SEN Coordinator
In primary schools, a middle leader will have a job title like:
- Phase leader (e.g. Head of Key Stage 2)
- Literacy/Maths Coordinator
- SEN Coordinator