What support will I receive in school?
Once you’ve had time to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, your class-based mentor will observe you teach on a weekly basis whilst also working alongside you in the classroom. You’ll start off by teaching small groups of children and build up towards full classes. We’re realistic about your development; we don’t expect you to be responsible for full classes from day one of your training! But, if you already have a wealth of school-based experience, we won’t waste this and hold you back.
Your mentor will also meet with you on a weekly basis to provide you with personalised support and training so that you can provide evidence of your progress as a trainee teacher and the impact you’re having on children’ learning.
You’ll receive high quality mentor support from experienced school leaders as well as classroom-based support from teachers with a successful track record. You’ll also receive wider support from staff across the schools you train in so that you have a rich learning experience. You’ll have the opportunity to observe and work with teachers across your school although the bulk of your time will be with your class. We can tell you more during our free local briefing events.
We have Lead Mentors who have undertake Masters-level training in coaching and mentoring overseeing the support you’ll receive from the mentors during your school placements. This helps to ensure you get a great experience. We provide regular training to our mentors to help them meet your training needs.
Our Headteachers have developed our initial teacher training programmes. They want the programme, and you, to be successful so that they have a wealth of new teachers to employ when vacancies arise. They oversee our programmes and guide their further development to make sure your training stays current and relevant.