The importance of recognising EYFS as a specialist area is developed through a programme which will aim to provide an outstanding experience for a trainee who has an interest and desire to work in the Early Years of a child’s education.
Trainees will work alongside others on the 5-11 pathway to ensure that they are also gaining an overview of primary education to recognise their role within the bigger picture of a child’s journey in school. Placements will provide experiences in all key stages. The first term will be in KS1 to ensure that knowledge and theory from teaching can be embedded. School based training alongside training sessions and high quality tutoring and mentoring will provide opportunities for trainees to plan, teach and manage learning for children aged 3-7 years. Trainees will therefore have the ability to assess and progress learning, build professional relationships and maintain high quality learning environments.
Specialist sessions will be provided by an SLE in Early Years supported by other relevant personnel to ensure that the trainees have a broad view of the EYFS provision. Additional sessions will allow trainees to experience specialist knowledge at a greater depth and couple it with tasks and experiences in their host schools.
Personnel providing the training are practitioners and professionals who will provide a course that is deep rooted in outstanding practice and recognise the importance of play-based learning. Cross-curricular themes will also be considered as are the practical skills of planning for learning, promoting positive attitudes and working in an extended team and with parents and carers.
Our General Primary course will require you working in two contrasting schools across our partnership, depending on the location selected (Don't worry, if you apply to a Leicestershire course, we won't be sending you to Nottingham and visa versa). We call these placements your host and your alternative school. You will complete your placement at your host school in the Autumn and Summer term, whilst your alternativement placement will be completed in the Spring term. With each placement, you will change year group to cover these 3 age phases: Year 1 and 2; Year 3 and 4; Year 5 and 6, ensuring you gain a variety of experience so you can work out where you would like to be when you qualify as a teacher.
General Primary with Maths
Since the implementation of the new national curriculum, the way that mathematics has been taught in primary schools in England have changed dramatically, drawing heavily on the teaching for mastery approach utilised so successfully in high performing jurisdictions such as Shanghai and Singapore. Through the Maths Hub programme, the government has invested significantly in maths professional development the education sector. In line with this, we are extremely excited to offer a maths specialist route for primary trainees in 2018-19.
The trainees will work alongside others on the 5-11 pathway to ensure that they gain a broad and balanced grounding in primary education, equipping them fully for the demands of the role of a primary school class teacher. In addition to the main programme, maths specialists will be given every opportunity to deepen and embed their understanding of all things primary maths. Whilst in schools, trainees will have the chance to work closely with the maths lead, to develop a clear overview of how maths is taught and led across the school. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to take more responsibility for the planning and teaching of maths, right from the very start of their placement. As part of the taught course, they will participate in dedicated sessions with a nationally recognised mastery specialist teacher, to develop and deepen their understanding of primary school maths. This will take the form of taught sessions, observing outstanding practice and the opportunity for collaborative planning.
Not only will this exciting opportunity give trainees a recognised and highly sort after qualification in a competitive job market, it also comes with a bursary of up to £6000.