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Our Training Programme

The course runs for 37 weeks from September to July. During this time, trainees will spend the majority of their time in school. 10 weeks are spent at the “First School” and 20 weeks at the “Main School”, with 7 weeks of central and university-based training. A short Special School experience is integrated into the school placements.

Central training is divided between Professional Studies (PS) and Subject Pedagogy (SP). The PS programme considers themes which apply across all subjects, such as behaviour management, assessment, SEN, pastoral work etc. The SP programme focuses on specific issues relating to the teaching of the subject in schools.

During the school placements, teaching experience commences with observation and builds gradually to a maximum of a 40% teaching commitment by Christmas. In the “Main School” this commitment will increase to around 60% of a full timetable. The programme for some School Direct subjects may differ slightly to that suggested above, with a longer period spent in the “Main School”.