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About The course

About the course

The University of Nottingham

The de Ferrers Academy and the University of Nottingham work in partnership to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured. Trainees in English, geography, history, mathematics, modern languages or science will have short blocks of time through the year in University which coincide with the days students following the University of Nottingham PGCE in those subjects are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers in your subject, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching, your subject. In total you will spend forty days across the year in University 

You will have a mentor assigned by the Academy who will undertake regular training at the University. You will also be allocated a University tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a beginning teacher and will attend development days, parental consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities. 

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored on the Friday sessions. There is a focus on both 'Schools and Society' and 'Teaching and Learning' and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school. 

As a new member of staff you will also be provided with a thorough and extensive induction programme within the Academy to support your professional development. You will also be involved in continuing to develop the use of Apple technologies within the Academy to enhance and transform teaching and learning. This is a bespoke additional element to the training provided at the Academy.

The John Taylor SCITT

We work closely with the SCITT to ensure trainees are fully supported throughout the year.

The Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:

- Phase 1: 8-day induction in the SCITT

- Phase 2: 4-day Primary Placement

- Phase 3: Classroom Practice 1 at a de Ferrers Trust Academy.

- Phase 4: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This well be a 9-week placement

- Phase 5: Week in a special School.

- Phase 6 Classroom Practice 3 in your home school.

In each Phase of Classroom Practice, you will spend 4 days in your placement school. The fifth day is a training day at John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments and in the afternoon split into subject groups. 

There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year trainees will need to demonstrate and evidence that they can fully meet each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed skills and subject knowledge over the course of the year.

As a new member of staff you will also be provided with a thorough and extensive induction programme within the Academy to support your professional development. You will also be involved in continuing to develop the use of Apple technologies within the Academy to enhance and transform teaching and learning. This is a bespoke additional element to the training provided at the Academy.