Our secondary programme.

Secondary programme overview.

Following a period of induction, the majority of your time during the secondary teacher training programme will bel spent in the classroom developing your subject knowledge and effective classroom pedagogy. Through a structured programme of observation, joint planning and joint delivery of a lesson you will gradually build up to whole class teaching. You will work alongside outstanding practitioners and will be supported by a Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a SCITT Tutor.

During this first phase of your training you will have the opportunity to spend 4 days in one of our alliance primary schools so that you have an understanding of the educational journey of a child and an appreciation of their educational experience when you first meet them.

After Christmas you will undertake a shorter second placement in another school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different school context and through exposure to a new range of teaching and learning strategies develop your practice further.

We think that it is important also that you develop a broad understanding of education in different contexts extending beyond your subject and so before you return to your home school to complete your training year, we offer enhanced placement opportunities in a Special School.

Professional studies.

Our Professional Studies Programme takes place at John Taylor High School. It is designed to equip trainees with an understanding of how students learn and the barriers to learning that some students face on a daily basis. They will develop an understanding of a range of special educational needs in the classroom and how teachers can best meet those needs. The issue of assessment will be addressed on a number of different levels and towards the end of the year trainees will be supported with applying for jobs and preparing for interview. The programme is delivered by outstanding current practitioners from across our partnership. Themes explored in Professional Studies will be further developed within the context of your Subject Development Programme.

Masters level study.

On completion of our SCITT programme trainees will be awarded QTS and be accredited with a PGCE with 60 Masters Level Credits. The credits are fully portable and can be built on in subsequent years should trainees wish to study for and achieve a full Masters level qualification. The University of Derby is the awarding body for the Masters component of the programme, but all teaching is delivered at John Taylor High School. Trainees will have full access to The University of Derby resources.

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