As a trainee teacher with us, you will be based in one our 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 with them and will support you throughout your training.  Just as important, dedicated members of our school direct team – the Downland Alliance Director, the individual school ITT coordinators and the School Direct 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 sessions are held in all secondary schools, in some primary schools and on occasions at Shaw House in Newbury; you have plenty of opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and study with other trainees from different schools, or the same key stage or subject as you and this is also a great source of information and help.

So there is 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 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
  • Professional Studies sessions
  • Motivating and engaging learners
  • Successful lesson planning
  • Behaviour management
  • Creating a purposeful learning environment
  • How students learn and develop
  • Catering for all pupils – special educational needs and disabilities
  • Understanding school data and its use in the classroom
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Attachment theory
  • Creative lesson planning / ICT enhancement
  • Safeguarding and child protection

You can search for our information on our programmes here using the post code RG20 6AD. This will show you the current programmes available in all schools across our partnership.

Further Information

You should apply for a school experience place at St Bartholomew’s School or The Downs School through the DFE school experience portal.

Some of our partner schools don’t run school experience days – you should contact them directly to see if they can accommodate a visit or contact us using the form below and we will pass on your query.

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