As School Direct is a school-based initial teacher training programme, the vast majority of the training takes place in schools. Each trainee will be given a range of placements across the partnership.
Main Placement: This is the school in which the trainee will spend most of their time throughout the year. Trainees will be working in their placement school four days a week (Monday – Thursday).
Second Placement: This usually takes place in the first half of the spring term and gives trainees an opportunity to experience a different setting and key stage.
In both the main and second placements, trainees will work very closely alongside an experienced teacher tutor who demonstrates outstanding practice and can provide daily coaching and support.
Enhancement Visits: These visits are built into our core training programme so that trainees are given regular opportunity to spend time in different schools and settings, enabling them to focus on specific areas such as behaviour management, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and transition from KS2 to KS3. The aim of these visits is to further enhance the training programme, equipping trainees with the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach in a wide range of contexts.
"The placements have been varied and offered a breadth of experience across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2." Former Trainee
"I really enjoyed being immersed in the school and spending so much time in a class setting." Former Trainee