The primary programme
Our School Direct primary programme is structured to ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the primary school environment.
The bespoke course ensures that you gain the right skills, knowledge and attributes to become an outstanding teacher. The course ensures a comprehensive knowledge of the National Curriculum and core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science). As part of this, you will also explore important topics such as inclusion, behaviour management, assessment and phonics.
We focus on developing happy, healthy teachers and your course will look at equally important aspects including managing stress and achieving a work-life balance. Our high quality programme is delivered by our Primary Programme Lead as well as by SLEs and specialists from within our partner schools, who have recognized areas of expertise.
Core aspects of the programme include:
- Placement in a high-quality school with support from a dedicated mentor, with a different experience in a second placement school. This gives you a contrasting experience, and develops your knowledge.
- Weekly learning and training, with assignments. As well as securing your QTS, you will achieve a PGCE with 90 credits towards a Masters qualification. You will cover all aspects of education and pedagogy in your training. Some examples include behaviour for learning, how to prepare, plan and structure lessons, questioning techniques, demonstrating progress and co-operative learning strategies.
- Secondary and early years experience. These enhance your wider knowledge around areas such as transition.
- Study in all aspects of what makes a successful teacher. This will include the National Curriculum and important aspects such as Special Educational Needs (SEN), managing stress and achieving a work-life balance.
- You will learn alongside fellow primary trainees, within small groups. Your teaching load increases in line with your learning, giving you the confidence you need to succeed.
- Learning is delivered through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms.