In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will need to demonstrate that you can fully meet each of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.
The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship will operate within a coaching culture where you will maintain a personalised professional development plan and agreed coaching plan to support you throughout the programme. This will be designed to meet your needs as an apprentice and will focus on what you need to do to become an outstanding teacher and reach the required standards.
You will take an active part in assessing and promoting your own professional development and you will be supported in this by weekly reviews with your subject specialist and personal tutors at the Institute and with your Subject Coaches in your school. You will be continually assessed through lesson observations and your progress will be formally reviewed at 6 points during the year.
Our assessment and support tools include:
Your first assessment will occur at interview. Feedback from the process will identify the immediate areas of development in subject knowledge, experience or skills. A preparatory Reading List will be provided alongside any suggestions for further experience prior to commencement of the course.
RECORD OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
During the Induction, you will audit your subject and curriculum knowledge. These audits, reviewed by our team, will identify your development needs and form the beginning of your Record of Professional Development (RPD). Using the RPD, you will plan and track your progress towards demonstration of the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.
FORMAL LESSON OBSERVATIONS
You will be formally observed each week by your mentor in school. These observations and feedback will form the basis of weekly review discussions.
Half-termly reviews will focus on work sampling with a view to reviewing marking, homework and their impact on pupil progress.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
A Personal Development Plan, updated in line with weekly review meetings, will record agreed targets, actions and support needs.
You will be required to keep detailed planning notes for your lessons supported by half term plans of overall directions and learning outcomes for your pupils, individually and in groups.
If you wish to gain a PGCert, you will be required to complete additional written assignments linking your day-to-day teaching experience to educational theory.