The Training Programme is created to meet the needs of individual trainees, so that they build on their strengths and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding. The training programme also has key elements which all trainees are required to undertake, so that trainees receive a range of learning opportunities to underpin their development.
The training programme is developed from the Initial Needs Assessment. This is carried out by the host school, with guidance from the Partnership, at the beginning of the programme. It is a detailed audit of the candidate’s education, skills, subject and ICT knowledge and experience which they are bringing to this programme.
The Individual Training Plan is drawn up by the school, with guidance from the Partnership tutor team. The training plan will cover a variety of teaching experiences and training activities, across two key stages, in either Primary or Secondary education.
The Partnership offers core training to supplement the school’s training programme. Attendance at core events is a requirement.
All trainees will spend time in other Partnership schools as appropriate.
Training plans will include specific tasks which require study in theoretical aspects as well as personal observation and practical experiences. The tasks are designed to strengthen subject knowledge for teaching, pedagogy, knowledge and understanding of child development, as well as subject specialism.
Further details about tasks and how they fit in to the trainee’s time will be covered at meetings during the programme.
Trainees undertake a Curriculum Package on aspects of teaching and learning and curriculum specialisms.
Trainees will be involved in maintaining up-to-date records of their training plans and activities.
All trainees are required to have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to commencement of the training programme.
Samples of these can be found on the TA website www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching