About the training programme:
You will begin your training as a new member of staff at The Cotswold School. You will be seen as very much a member of the team. After an initial introductory week, the course begins with three weeks of professional studies sessions for all trainees with a focus on preparing trainees to begin their school placement. These are held in joint partnership with the GITEP scheme. There are further central professional studies weeks around Christmas and Easter. Apart from these sessions trainees will be in school most of the time except Thursday afternoons. Every Thursday throughout the course trainees from across Gloucestershire will come together with other trainees in their subject to meet with the subject leader to discuss pedagogy and practice in their subject.
As well as the central professional studies sessions there will be weekly school-based professional studies sessions led by the school's training managers. These sessions allow you time to train in a small group setting and to see the practical in school application of the theory being taught centrally. We also run regular larger training sessions with all of our School Direct trainees coming together. These are a great way to see how different schools operate and to touvh base with fellow trainees on the course.
Every trainee has their own mentor who will be a subject specialist. They give 1:1 support through weekly meetings, helping you to plan and prepare lessons and to offer constructive support as you progress. You will work with a number of classes, giving you a range of experience, topics and abilities. All trainees get the opportunity to teach sixth form.
The course is made up of a parent placement school and a twin placement. Your training manager or mentor from the parent placement will keep in touch and visit you to check on your progress during this time. Placement schools are carefully selected to best cater for your personal and professional training needs.
All trainees will be expected to pass the three school placements and complete a key evidence file showing how they meet the Teachers' Standards.
Trainees have three school placements. The first Parent School placement is from September to December. In January trainees move to a contrasting Twin School placement until March before returning to the Parent School from April to June. Trainees will spend at least one of their placements at The Cotswold School or Chipping Campden Academy as well as getting broader experience at other schools within our partnership. We like trainees to teach in two contrasting schools as far as is posisble.