School Based Training

School Direct trainees will be based in their host school all year from September, but spend at least five weeks in a second placement school.

They will follow a personalised training plan to ensure that they can meet the teaching standards by the end of the course, and they will be treated as a full time member of staff in school.

Trainees will be allocated a school based mentor, who will normally be the class teacher (primary) or a subject specialist (secondary). Mentors are carefully selected and are recognised as being excellent classroom teachers, experienced in developing the practice of others.

The Lead School Mentor, based at Chantry Middle School, oversees the training programme and conducts joint observations with mentors to moderate judgements relating to trainee progress.

Northumbria University provides a School Support Partner, who visits the partnership throughout the year to ensure that we are compliant with the University’s standards.

Trainees in The 3 Rivers School Direct Partnership will have access to school based training in their host schools, as well as partnership training. School based training will consist of essential information regarding day to day functions of the host school, including an introduction to the school handbook and to school policies and procedures. Partnership training, which comprises a suite of sessions offered by and in schools in our network, offers trainees not only the opportunity to explore aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, but also the chance to meet with fellow trainees on a regular basis and visit other schools .

See section on CPD for further details.

University Based Training

Some Fridays will be spent at Northumbria University where the general professional studies lecture programme will reflect current outstanding practice and research, and prepare trainees for their module assignments.

Trainees will be required to complete four module assignments which make up the full PGCE award, and these will be founded upon school based action research. Two modules will be assessed at Level 6, and the remaining two units will provide the opportunity for trainees to demonstrate Level 7 achievement, which will lead to Masters level credits.

As this is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme, accredited with 60 Masters Level credits, theoretical perspectives underpin all university sessions so that classroom practice is fully informed.

If trainees do not meet the Masters requirements for the two Level 7 modules but meet the requirements at a lower level (Level 6), they will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The university provides trainees with an academic tutor, who will assist with the planning and writing of the module assignments.

For further information on university matters please contact Joanne Clifford Swan, Partnership Co-ordinator for Education Studies at Joanne.Swan@northumbria.ac.uk