Our Programme

Course Structure 

Although you’re in school right from the start, you’ll be gradually introduced to classroom teaching by initially observing the classes  you’ll go on to teach. As you start to take over classes, you’ll be set clear goals and milestones, so by the end of the year you’re well set up for success as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). 

You’ll be in school from the first day of the new school year, and as such you’ll be very much part of the team, treated as a member of staff and joining in with staff meetings and development days. You’ll also be given a comprehensive induction programme, so you can familiarise yourself with all that’s expected of you. You’ll be supported by two mentors –one from your subject area and one from the school’s senior leadership team. This is your  opportunity to create a personalised training programme which will meet your own specific learning goals and ultimate ambitions.

Our weekly professional studies and subject knowledge programmes give you the perfect opportunity to meet and network with  your fellow trainees, and are an essential part of your training. We also offer some whole training days for areas such as learning  technologies, special educational needs and learning theories. Plus, we have a comprehensive library to support your learning. 

We believe contrasting placements are the key to a rich and diverse training experience, so you will undertake a series of placements in other environments such as second placement schools, special schools and feeder Primary or Secondary schools.

We work in partnership with the University of Derby to provide the PGCE element of the programme which upon successful completion you will be awarded 60 Masters credits.

The University of Derby is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and Top 30 UK University in the Guardian  University Guide 2019. Their academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure students are ready for a successful  career. 

Our vision for training teachers of children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young  people –that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.

“I feel extremely prepared and ready to start my NQT year. The expertise I have been given has made me feel excited and eager to learn more as I continue in my teaching career. I feel that the learning and knowledge we have been given has been at the forefront of the education research. I really feel I have been taught and shown a fabulous model of how to teach effectively and helped to develop a passion for learning more and developing my practice as I continue through teaching.” 

Primary Trainee