Developing Professional Learning Communities
We offer a full time course which runs from 1 September until 30 June.
The course begins with an induction programme involving both central and school-based training. During this period the partnership carries out an initial needs analysis for each trainee. This is then used to inform a personalised training pathway for each individual.
The main components of the programme are:
Partnership training is delivered by high quality facilitators at North Lincolnshire’s Learning Development Centre. The sessions provide both pedagogical insight and practical techniques – strategies to enable you to develop your tool kit to use in the classroom.
This vital aspect of training is fully complementary to that delivered centrally, adding the real-life dimension and experience. From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and professional development sessions. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.
School based training includes the following:
Based on personal need and prior experience, trainees will begin to teach groups and whole classes after the initial induction period (up to, but no more than, 20% of a four day teaching week). The rest of the week should be devoted to observation of good practice, targeted work with groups of learners and school-based research to deepen knowledge of how children learn and progress. In the second part of the Autumn Term trainees will be expected to increase their teaching commitment to 40% (of 4 days). There is a further increase to 60% mid Spring Term and no more than 80% (of 5 days) in the Summer Term.
Regular, moderated observations of your teaching at all stages of the course will be used to support and develop your practice.
The assessment process is ongoing throughout the course. This allows trainees to be given support and training appropriate to their individual needs. By the end of the course trainees must demonstrate their achievement in relation to the Teachers’ Standards via the partnership’s e-portfolio system. Our goal is that all trainees achieve the Teachers’ Standards at, at least, a good level.
All our trainees have a subject/phase school-based trainer (SBT) who will be a teacher in the ‘host’ school. The SBT will ensure that you access training which fully complements and supports partnership training sessions, concentrating on appropriate phase/subject knowledge. In addition to this each trainee will have a partnership tutor with phase/subject specialist knowledge who will visit the school on a half-termly basis to observe, and review trainee progress.