In addition to the school-based training, all trainees will attend weekly core training sessions that will take place in a range of venues across the partnership on Fridays. Core training is delivered by subject specialists and other qualified professionals from within the Teacher Training Partnership, the LEA and beyond. These sessions provide a coherent programme, closely linked to the Teachers’ Standards in Initial Teacher Education but also cover other important issues such as Safeguarding, E-Safety and Emotional Well-Being. The sessions enable trainees to develop a deeper understanding of key issues and pedagogical thinking by encouraging them to critically reflect on research in relation to their own classroom practice.
The core training sessions also provide an opportunity for trainees to compare notes with peers working in other schools and share experiences within a supportive environment. Being based in a school, there are also many opportunities to team teach and work with groups of children during the training – putting the theory into practice!
Pre and Post Session Tasks
A ‘pre’ or ‘post’ session task may be set by the provider of the core training session and these are carried out by trainees in their placement schools. These tasks provide opportunities for trainees to deepen their understanding of the subject covered, gain further first-hand experience and encourage them to reflect on the impact of the strategy within the wider context of their schools.