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 curriculum for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You will develop a good understanding of early reading and early mathematics development and how this underpins learning in the core subjects in later age-phases. Your subject tutors will support you in assessing and developing your own subject knowledge so that you feel confident in teaching your first lessons in school.
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 school-based training, you will be placed in a class appropriate to the age-phase you have chosen for your programme. With support from a school mentor and a University link tutor, you will begin to plan, teach and assess children's learning in individual lessons or areas of provision. You will be assessed throughout your placement against teachers' professional standards and finish with targets to support your progress to year two of the programme.
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. As part of your professional development, you will continue to build your understanding of how best to support children with a wide range of needs. Your weekly school visits prior to school-based training will help you reflect on best practice in this area. 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.
Your specialist tutors will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will explore in further depth how to create meaningful opportunities for learning through play in an Early Years environment and how to transfer these pedagogies into Key Stage 1.
In preparation for school-based training, you will develop your understanding of planning, teaching and assessing sequences of learning, taking into account learning behaviours of young children.
In your final year, you will make the transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Your University and school-based tutors 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, including professionals from support services and parents. You will have the opportunity to identify a specialist subject or area for study, including an independent enquiry focusing on this aspect of professional practice. Throughout your final year, tutors will support you in preparing for your first teaching job and beyond.
Building on your previous University and school-based training, you will develop your critical reflection on current national priorities related to Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 provision. In preparation for school-based training, you will review planning sequences of learning and consider in further depth how to support vulnerable groups of learners. In particular, there will be opportunity to reflect on your professional approaches to providing excellent provision for young children.