As a trainee with Inspiration Teacher Training, you will have a unique, tailored, and special journey through your training year. Our courses are designed so that they adapt to your aspirations and needs so while there is no ‘typical’ training year see below for an indication of what to expect.
You will spend one day a week in the Curriculum Centre in Norwich and four days a week in your first placement school. In the Curriculum Centre you will be learning about your subject, how it is taught, how pupils learn your subject, how it is assessed and much, much more! You will also have training on behaviour management and teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
In school, you will begin teaching straight away, teaching part of a lesson in your first week. You will have lots of opportunities to put into practice what you have learnt about teaching your subject. Every week you meet with your mentor for an hour of one-to-one mentoring in which you will discuss what you have read and what you have done in the classroom.
In the second half of the term you will begin to teach more lessons, and you will probably be teaching around 8-10 hours per week by the end of term. In the penultimate week of term you spend one day in your second placement school, meeting your new mentor, teaching staff, and pupils.
On secondary placements, you are very likely to be teaching at A Level standard by an early stage in your second placement. It is likely that the number of hours you teach will drop slightly at first to enable you to find your feet in your new school, but by the middle of term you are likely to again be teaching 8-10 hours per week. You will continue to have days in the Curriculum Centre, but these drop to once a fortnight.
Towards the end of term you get a one-week placement in a different school. You might decide to spend a week in a different type of school - switching from secondary to primary, or visiting a special school or sixth form college. It will be up to you and your mentor to decide this.
Trainees typically begin applying for jobs in this term. As part of your training this term you will get advice on writing an application, attending an interview day, and what to do in an observed interview lesson. You attend sessions on how to prepare yourself for interview and, normally, your mentor and subject lead will write your references.
You are now in school full time, and your teaching load is likely to increase towards what is normally expected of a newly qualified teacher (NQT). By the end of term you might well be teaching 15-20 hours a week. At this stage your mentor will be tailoring your training targets to ensure that you have addressed all of the Teachers’ Standards, and preparing you for the forthcoming NQT year.
You will of course continue to read widely - both for your subject knowledge and your knowledge of curriculum and assessment - and your mentor will be there all the way to discuss what you have read.
At the end of term you submit your teaching file and your mentor recommends you for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. If your mentor feels that you have not yet met the Teachers’ Standards then you might be asked to spend additional time in school to achieve this.
Your post-graduate certificate in education
When you train as a teacher, you work towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status. On top of QTS, you can also gain a postgraduate academic qualification, the PGCE. To support you in getting your PGCE we work in partnership with BPP University.
In order to get a PGCE at the end of the training year you will need to pass the assessments set by BPP University in education studies and subject studies. The BPP University PGCE places a strong focus on subject expertise and the teaching of your subject, and introduces you to key debates in teaching which means that you will be well-placed to enter into wider research-informed professional conversations as your career advances.
More information on the BPP University PGCE can be found on their website.