Your studies consist of five key areas:
- English – looking at the various strategies which can be applied in different types of schools, with some weekly English sessions taking place in local schools
- Mathematics – build the confidence of your own mathematical ability as well as gain the knowledge and skills to teach mathematics effectively
- Science – develop your own knowledge and understanding of science, as well as the pedagogical skills best suited to facilitating children’s effective learning of science in the classroom
- Foundation subjects – art, design and technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, physical education and religious education
- Professional studies – develop an understanding of a wide range of general issues related to the profession, including safeguarding, child development, curriculum planning and assessment, teachers’ legal responsibilities, behaviour management and record planning
Assessment is based on a series of coursework assignments at Masters level. There are two subject-focused assignments, one for English and one for mathematics, and the third piece of work is related to themes presented in the professional studies course.
The assessment takes place in schools. You’ll be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment of teaching ability is based on performance as a teacher in the classroom.
Trainees spend more than 120 days in school, comprising two block placements of eight weeks in the spring and summer terms. Each assessed placement is preceded by two weeks in school to enable you to prepare for your placement.
In addition to two block placements, there are weekly visits to schools throughout the autumn term as part of the professional studies course.