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Our Training

Training covers the effective teaching of all Core and Foundation subjects, the wider curriculum and other current educational issues as well as developing trainees’ ICT skills. We work in partnership with other local primary providers to offer a specialist training in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), English, Maths, Science, ICT, Drama, MfL, PE and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Trainees attend a pre-course induction day with their host school mentor in July and a second induction day prior to taking up their main placement and we encourage trainees to spend time in their host school prior to starting the course if possible. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend approximately three days a week in school and two days a week on our taught course for the first 2 terms. During this time there are also opportunities to visit other partnership schools to further develop practice. In the final term there are two block teaching practices, one in a second placement school and a final assessed teaching practice back in the main placement school. Trainees are allocated to one of our 2 cohorts with training days based either at Lyons Hall Primary in Braintree or Moulsham Infants School in Chelmsford. Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.

Each trainee is assigned a mentor in each school and an external mentor who support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and assignments which build up a range of evidence against the Teachers’ Standards for their Professional Portfolio which is a core requirement for the successful completion of the course.

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