During the course, you can expect:
- Weekly meetings with a well-qualified specialist subject mentor to help with lesson planning and delivery
- Fortnightly meetings with a professional mentor to ensure you develop a wider awareness of the role of the teacher, for example by supporting a form or engaging in extra-curricular activities
- A study of current, challenging educational issues
- A thorough programme of ongoing professional development and careers advice
- Opportunities for reflective practice and research.
Most of the year is spent on placement in your home school with a 6-7 week placement in a different school in the Spring.
Your home school offers a full programme of CPD tailored to your needs. In addition, there are a number of joint development days, each held in a different Teach Cheshire school giving you the chance to meet all the trainees on the programme and experience a number of different contexts.
You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observations and the development of a portfolio of evidence. You submit a written assignment each term, reflecting on teaching and learning pedagogy and its application in the classroom.
How school placements work
You will spend 120 days doing teaching practice in two different schools. The majority of the time is in your home school. We follow the pattern of home school in the Autumn Term, a 6 to 7 week placement in a different school in the Spring Term and back to your home school for the Summer Term.
Home schools are close to our hubs in the Macclesfield and Poynton or Winsford area and the schools we normally use for second placements are in Stockport, South Manchester or the Winsford area. We work hard to ensure travelling times are reasonable.
You will start by observing how experienced staff manage lesson delivery and then you will start to teach parts of the lesson, supported by the normal class teacher.
Your teaching load increases gradually over the year. In the first term, you will build up to teaching a 40% timetable. This increases to around 60% in your second placement and to around 70% by the summer term.
As well as teaching subject lessons, you will work with a form group and have the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities. This ensures you are fully integrated into school life. You will be supported throughout by your subject mentor and professional mentor.