Training Structure

We ensure you’re confident and well prepared for the rigours of classroom life

When you train with Educate you’re based in the classroom from the outset.

This means you develop your skills and gain practical experience so that – by the time you qualify – you’re confident and well prepared for the rigours of classroom life.

The training programme is full time and lasts for one academic year. Upon successful completion you’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  You need QTS to teach in maintained schools in England and Wales, and it is also a requirement in many schools including independent schools, academies and free schools.

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Pre-Commencement Training & Induction

Before you start your formal training you receive a thorough induction.

This initial training covers general topics such as the National Curriculum and Teachers’ Standards, practical issues such as school policies and planning tasks like starting your Individual Training Plan (ITP).

Weekly Teaching & Training

Your programme will be a rich blend of school experience and training. As you progress through the year, and your confidence and competence as a teacher grows, you gradually take on more direct teaching commitment.

The balance of time spent teaching and training follows this pattern:

Term 1

Teaching each week: 30% of the week (i.e. 3 half-days or approx. 6-7 hours)

Training each week: 2 days’ equivalent

Additional time each week: Spent in the classroom or in and around the school, so you make the most of the school-based opportunity

Term 2

Teaching each week: 50% of the week (i.e. 5 half-days or approx. 10-11 hours)

Training each week: 1½ days’ equivalent

Additional time each week: Spent in the classroom or in and around the school, so you make the most of the school-based opportunity

Term 3

Teaching each week: 80% of the week (i.e. 8 half-days or approx. 16-17 hours)

Training each week: 1 day equivalent

Additional time each week: Spent in the classroom or in and around the school, so you make the most of the school-based opportunity

Training Format

The format and content of your training will depend on your personal learning needs, but will generally include

  • Day sessions in local training centres on topics such as subject knowledge, pedagogy, classroom practice and study skills
  • School-led training
  • Observing other people teaching
  • Placements in or visits to other schools
  • Tutorials with school-based mentors and your Educate tutor
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities arranged through your school
  • Preparation, planning and assessment (PPA) time
  • Staff and other professional meetings
  • Time spent in another class or phase in your school
  • Personal study and research
  • WebEx training sessions with Educate
  • Tasks and assignments, such as keeping a reflective journal
  • Gathering and compiling evidence to show you’ve met the Teachers’ Standards
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