Teaching is an amazing profession. You get to work with children and their families, you're supported by fantastic colleagues in school, and every day brings something new.
At Leeds Trinity, we offer two undergraduate programmes in Primary Education which cover the age ranges 3-7 and 5-11:
- Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with QTS BA (Hons)
- Primary Education (Later Years 5-11) with QTS BA (Hons)
Early Years 3-7 or Later Years 5-11?
Choosing the right age-range for your training can be a difficult decision, but whichever age-range you train for, you will be qualified to teach across ages 3-11 in the primary sector.
The Early Years 3-7 programme prepares you for those very early teaching and learning experiences. In this role, you will spend time helping children learn through play activities – which is more challenging than it sounds!
You will be a key figure in nurturing children’s social, emotional and physical development, as well as teaching those first skills needed to support the rest of their school years and beyond.
The Later Years 5-11 programme prepares you to build on the early childhood experiences that children bring with them to their first years of more formal schooling. You will build on best practice of learning through play to engage children with the Key Stage 1 curriculum and beyond. Working in Key Stage 2, you will see children develop, ready for the challenges of secondary education.
If you have the capacity to undertake degree-level study, but may not have the required entry requirements to do so, our four-year degree programmes allow you to commence your studies with an initial foundation year, offering you an alternative way into university.
To help you build the skills and confidence you'll need to become a teacher, you'll complete at least 24 weeks of school-based training as part of your degree.
Thanks to the reputation we've developed for the quality of our teacher training, we have strong partnerships with hundreds of schools that will give you access to opportunities in a wide range of education settings. We work with a diverse range of schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city schools where you will work as part of a multi-professional team.
We work with 'Outstanding' schools who are leading in education, as well as schools that may have large intakes of vulnerable groups of children, or who may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages. When you train with Leeds Trinity, you will benefit from seeing best practice in school improvement, whichever school you train in.
Organising your school-based training
We have a dedicated School Partnerships team who will work with you to find the right opportunity. You'll be allocated a link tutor for each placement with extensive experience in your Primary Education area, who will visit you in school and quality assure the training you receive.
Preparing for your school-based training
Before you complete each school-based training block, you'll take part in intensive and immersive preparation training led by your Primary Education lecturers. The training is tailored to each age phase of Primary Education, with a series of preparation sessions and talks designed to help you identify your strengths and understand how to demonstrate your skills and how you will meet the Teachers' Standards during your school-based training.
Support during your school-based training
You will receive regular support from your University link tutor and school-based mentor throughout your school-based training to ensure that you're making the most of the opportunity.
In each year of the programme there are four key strands which structure your learning and professional experience at University and in school.
In this strand, we support you in understanding what it means to be a teacher.
You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the statutory frameworks that teachers work within, which includes the Teachers’ Standards that all teachers work towards, current Ofsted and Department for Education guidance, and best practice in meeting your legal and ethical obligations in key areas such as safeguarding, child protection, and special educational needs.
Teachers need to be confident in working with all aspects of Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.
We will support you in building a strong knowledge base, particularly in the core subjects of English and Maths, and guide you in developing further subject knowledge independently.
Our focus is on preparing you with the understanding of how to develop your knowledge to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, and provide you with an understanding of subject and age-specific pedagogy which will equip you with the skills to plan, teach and assess across the curriculum confidently.
Teaching, and working with young children, is a complex profession. As teachers, we are surrounded by ‘top tips’ and ‘quick fixes’. Sometimes the choice and advice given can seem bewildering.
An important aspect of training to teach is developing your understanding of why we work in certain ways.
- Why do we choose different assessment types?
- Why do we ask different types of questions?
- Why do we group children in different ways?
Understanding the theory behind what works helps you to reflect professionally on these types of questions and sets you up to be confident in your own practice and decision-making.
You can’t become a primary teacher without experiencing the classroom.
In each year of the programme you will spend a substantial block of time working alongside excellent practitioners in our Early Years and Primary settings. We support you to build your skills gradually: from working with individual children at the start of your training, to planning and teaching sequences of lessons, to taking on the role as class teacher in your final placement.
Along the way, you are always supported by a school mentor and University tutor. This is your chance to shine in the classroom and make a positive impact on the children you teach!
Our programmes are developed alongside school partners, academic staff and the latest research to ensure our courses are current and respond to Ofsted requirements.
All trainees spend a minimum of 24 weeks training in the school environment, with opportunities for enhanced placements in alternative age-ranges and settings located over a wide geographical area.
The courses are structured so that you’ll get into school quickly and pick up vital classroom experience, while also being able to form strong and supportive bonds with your fellow trainees.
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