Course Structure – Primary
The primary route puts schools at the heart of the process and fully values, supports and guides trainees to become inspiring classroom teachers.
The primary course is a one year full-time course, which runs from September through to July, leading to a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and Primary Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Our post-graduate teacher training programme operates within the South West London area. The lead school is Aragon Primary School (Merton, London) which is part of The Willow Learning Trust. The primary route offers first class training across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (5-11 year olds). Successful applicants will work in at least two of our participating schools in both key stages. There will also be an opportunity to experience working in a nursery, specialist school and a Secondary school.
Each week trainees will be supported with training sessions that will demonstrate the Teaching Standards, learning theories, and subject knowledge of the broad National Curriculum. The training sessions are delivered by a range of specialists including Headteachers, Lead Teachers, Advanced Skills Teachers, external and internal Consultants; all experts in their field.
Trainees are assigned an experienced mentor within each school that they are placed. They are responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need within the school to maximise job opportunities and future career developments.
Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year to enable you to become a confident, outstanding teacher.
Written Tasks and Assignments
To support own research, reflection and meeting of the Teaching Standards, trainees will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence. In order to help meet the standards trainees will be required to complete tasks which will enable them to develop an understanding of what it means to be an outstanding teacher. This will be supported by our dedicated team of professionals.