To qualify for QTS, you must spend at least 120 days in schools. As we feel this is the most important part of your training, we exceed this minimum requirement with two placements totalling 28 weeks. During these, your progress will be tracked against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
You will train with pupils in the 11 to 16 age range, however, in many of our partnership schools there will be the opportunity to experience Post 16 Education too.
You will be allocated to your placement school as a result of an initial induction and skills audit conducted early in the course which aims to identify the best schools that will be able to support you. Your placement school will be identified to meet your needs and may not geographically be your nearest school.
Placement 1 (13 weeks from mid October to the end of January)
You will start by observing other teachers before moving to teaching starters or plenaries and team teaching with other teachers. Eventually, you will work up to teaching 40% of a normal classroom teacher's timetable, however, each trainee will progress at a different rate. Throughout your first placement you will attend Subject Studies sessions and General Professional Studies sessions. You will also work on the first of your PGCE assignments.
Placement 2 (13 weeks from mid February to mid June)
Although you will be much more experienced and skilled when you start Placement 2, you will start by gathering information and observing others as you did in Placement 1. However, you will progress more quickly to taking responsibility for teaching whole lessons and you will soon be teaching 60% of a normal classroom teacher’s timetable.
You will also work on the second of your PGCE assignments.