Our Programme

As a trainee teacher with us, you will be based in one our three main partner schools and they will consider you as part of their teaching team for the year.

You are accountable to them for your conduct and performance. Your  host school will have entered into a Partnership Agreement which sets out the roles and responsibilities for your training throughout the year.

The main source of your support and training in school will be your mentor, who is trained in our policies, procedures and practices.  You will also have contact from a formal assessor from Oxford Brookes University who will be your main point of contact and will support you throughout your training.  Just as important, dedicated members of our teaching school team – the Director of Teaching School, our School Direct Programme Manager and the Teaching School Manager – are also at the end of a phone or e-mail in case of any questions or issues that may arise during your training.

Training session are held across all three schools; you have plenty of opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and study with other trainees and this can also be a great source of information and help.

It goes without saying therefore that you will have plenty of support to ensure your success in what will be a challenging, demanding but ultimately fulfilling and exciting year as a trainee teacher!

Your training will be carefully planned, monitored and focused on various aspects of teaching and learning and the teaching profession in general.

  • …the brilliant staff located at each school who are part of the Downland Alliance, always helpful, accessible and supportive…

  • Trainee

Some examples of the areas covered include

  • A cross phase placement. For secondary trainees, up to 5 days of observation spent in a primary school
  • A placement of up to a term, during the Spring term, spent in another secondary school
  • The possibility of additional placements, as agreed and identified in your training plan at other organisations, e.g. PRU, field centre, post 16 or FE colleges and schools with specialisms
  • Successful lesson planning
  • Creating a purposeful learning environment
  • How students learn and develop
  • Catering for all pupils
  • Working with parents
  • Creative lesson planning / ICT enhancement