Our primary programme.

Primary programme overview.

Our Primary teacher training programme offers an exciting opportunity for trainees to be immersed in the primary education system and to learn from exceptional mentors and class teachers across the National Forest Teaching School Alliance. Our offer includes 19 primary schools within the local area, each with a unique set of skills and expertise which we combine to give our trainees a wealth of experiences and perspectives throughout the training year.

Trainees have a Home School where they begin and end their training year, but also benefit from a contrasting shorter placement in a different school, in a different key stage. All trainees also undertake a week’s experience in a Special School.

Where our course stands out from others is the way in which it inextricably links the practical and the theoretical. Trainees are supported to develop the fundamental theory of effective classroom practices and then immediately given the opportunity to try it out for themselves or see it in action– we find that this really brings the theory to life and helps our trainees to forge a deep understanding of the practices which make them exceptional teachers.

Professional studies.

One day a week will be designated as a face to face training day and trainees come together either in the Training Centre of the National Forest Teaching School, in local primaries. The training is delivered by outstanding current practitioners from across the partnership and comprises a series of pedagogy modules, which develop the fundamental skills of exceptional teaching through research, debate and practice, as well as subject knowledge seminars and subject specific taster days where trainees receive practical input on how to teach all of the subjects within the primary curriculum.

Masters level study.

Some of the training days will be led by the University of Derby who accredit the academic side of our programme.

We consider it crucial that trainees’ practical teaching is underpinned and informed by theoretical knowledge and to that end, during the course of the programme, all trainees complete 3 Level 7 Masters modules, each worth 20 Masters credits. Upon completion of the course trainees will be awarded QTS +PGCE and 60 Masters Level credits.

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