Our Learning Themes

Trainees gain the skills, knowledge to teach their specialist subject and/or chosen age-phase through a well-designed and sequenced programme. Core Training is delivered by high quality facilitators, almost all of whom are classroom practitioners from our partnership of schools. This team will change due to the expanding nature of our partnership and the ITT subjects recruited.  We employ classroom practitioners who are highly credible experts in their field, with a proven track-record of high performance in the classroom, and a rich, evidence-based knowledge of the curriculum that they are facilitating.

Five crosscutting learning themes aligned to the ITT Core Content Framework underpin the training experience for both primary and secondary trainees. These themes provide the basis for our curriculum design and subsequent sequencing of learning, providing sequential building blocks on which to add new layers of learning. Our carefully sequenced curriculum has Subject and Curriculum as the initial priority, building on SKEs (where applicable) and then introducing and revisiting the different learning themes throughout the year as part of a spiral curriculum. This enables trainees to understand, process and apply new skills within each learning theme. This will be further embedded with course targets being set each week, to link Core training and In-School Practice. Our Learning Themes are based upon the ITT Core Content Framework know that/know how to statements, embedded into our curriculum as a minimum.

These themes continue to be a strength of the programme; they ensure that there is purposeful alignment between Core Training and its application to in-school practice.

1. Subject & Curriculum

Our trainees will develop an understanding of the delivery (and increasingly the design) of the curriculum relevant to their subject and/or phase. They will build their subject knowledge quickly, and learn the importance of continuing to develop this. They will value curriculum and subject knowledge, alongside a passion for their subject, is key to motivate children and to develop a love of learning.

2. Classroom Management

Our trainees will value, and model, the principle of building strong relationships to create positive, safe and stimulating learning environments.

3. Challenging & Engaging

Our trainees will develop an evidence-based understanding of how children learn, and the factors that support and inhibit their ability to do so. They will understand the needs of individuals and groups of pupils, developing the skills to support and shape their learning whatever their ability.

4. Progressing & Assessing

Our trainees will become skilled in using a variety of approaches, strategies and techniques as they become accountable for pupils’ attainment, progress and outcomes.

5. Professional Behaviours

Our trainees will appreciate the importance of making a positive contribution to the widest aspects of school life and becoming valued members of their school community. They will learn and model that this is underpinned by professional behaviour, reflective practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

Personal & Professional Conduct

Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school.

Teachers must have proper and professional regard to the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach, and maintain high standards in their own attendance and punctuality.

Teachers must have an understanding of, and always act within, the statutory frameworks which set out their professional duties and responsibilities.

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