As soon as you begin the programme you start your journey of professional development towards becoming a qualified teacher. In your first year you will become familiar with the Teachers’ Standards and the key roles and responsibilities of a class teacher. You will begin to develop an understanding of the key learning theories and aspects of child development that underpin all classroom activities. Your specialist subject tutors will introduce you to key aspects of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum supporting you in developing your own subject knowledge in preparation for teaching. You will visit school weekly in the first semester to reflect on the key principles that you are learning, and to prepare for your first assessed block of school-based training.
In your second year you will reflect on your own progress towards becoming a qualified teacher and set targets to develop your independence in the classroom. In your professional studies modules you will continue to develop your understanding of how you are accountable for pupil progress and how best to support children with a wide range of needs. Your weekly school visits in semester 1 will help you to reflect on best practice in this area. Your specialist subject tutors will support you in becoming independent in planning, teaching and assessing learning across the whole curriculum for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As well as a second assessed block of school-based training, you will have the opportunity to complete a placement in an alternative educational setting which might include special provision, schools abroad, museums, educational attractions and library services.
In your final year you will make the transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher. Your development tutor will support you in preparing for your final assessed block of school-based training, where you will take on the full role of the class teacher. You will learn about the key ethical and legal responsibilities of the teacher and how to establish good working relationships with colleagues in school, from a range of support services and parents. You will have the opportunity to carry out a small-scale enquiry project into an aspect of your own professional practice. Throughout your final year, tutors will support you in preparing for your first employment and beyond.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: