During the first term of the course you will engage with professional studies and subject studies alongside your school placements. This encourages our student teachers to think holistically about the issues discussed during their professional studies sessions, their application within the context of their subject specialism and the opportunity to put ideas into practice. As their confidence in the classroom develops, student teachers will extend their time spent on placement in preparation for their first year as qualified teachers.
EPS provides a framework for student teachers to develop as professional educators by providing a broader perspective on educational issues that set the context for learning. EPS sessions include support for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with dedicated academic tutors to guide your academic progress. For more information on the PGCE qualification please click here.
Subject Studies develops subject knowledge in relation to curriculum needs and appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how educational issues such as assessment, planning, and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom. Subject sessions develop your existing subject knowledge in your subject area, while identifying ways to express this knowledge in a manageable format for young learners. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom practitioner.
For all student teachers, the most exciting part of the training programme is their time spent on placement in our partnership schools. One of our greatest strengths is our bespoke training programme coordinated by our team of subject leaders, who will carefully select a suitable placement based on your individual needs. Every student teacher will receive support from a dedicated mentor while on placement, and will also receive additional training from the school’s professional tutor. Our mentors support trainees to develop at their own pace, from observing lessons to planning and implementing their own series of lessons by the end of the course
We work in partnership with a local Special School and a Multi-Academy Trust of Alternative Provision Academies based throughout Cornwall. Trainees will have the opportunity to visit these learning environments for one day, and may be able to enhance this experience through a 2-week extended visit or a placement during the Spring Term.