This full time programme lasts 36 weeks. This includes 150 days of school-based professional practice and 800–1000 hours of academic study. The academic programme is delivered at Truro College, a Tertiary College that is experienced in delivering similar academic courses. We follow the pattern of school terms and holidays.
The academic year is organised as follows:
Weeks 1-20: 2 days a week central training on education and subject specific study; 3 days a week in school, putting the theory into practice.
Weeks 20-35: Block placement in two institutions
Week 36: Final week for preparation for your induction year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
In the classroom, initial observation and interpretation progresses to co-planning, team-teaching and evaluating parts of lessons before you progress to taking on full delivery of lessons. With this experience you develop your lesson planning, teaching and evaluation at different key stages and continue to participate in classroom teaching in your preferred age range and specialist subject. Towards the end of the academic year, you will be expected to be involved with up to 60%-70% of the timetabled week.
There is an option to participate in a short placement in a special needs school if this is a particular area of interest to you.
As part of our student support services, we also offer short subject knowledge booster courses for Design & Technology, Science and Modern Languages. These are to support the development of areas of the curriculum that you may not have covered as thoroughly during your degree studies and may occur prior to the beginning of the course or during holiday periods.
Prior to the course, we also make use of regional Enhancement Courses for applicants who may need extended subject development in Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. You would be advised of this during the selection stages if appropriate.