The year is divided into four main sections. We start with induction, and end with the enrichment week. In between those are the two school professional practices and the assignments. Induction – Placement one – APK – Placement 2 – RPK – Enrichment week
The structure is mainly the same each Friday. In the morning you will be involved as a Cosmo group in exploring some practical aspects of teaching as well as have the opportunity to discuss and learn about some pedagogic aspect of teaching. In the afternoon you will meet with your subject tutor who will follow your subject specific programme for the year
Professional Practice One
In your first Professional practice, you will be inducted into school in the first few weeks. You should have the opportunity to observe pupils and teachers as a way of seeing how the school policies work in action. It is intended that you will have a gradual introduction to teaching a lesson and should be able to plan small sections of lessons (such as starters and plenaries) before being given a whole lesson to teach. Normally we would not expect a trainee teacher to teach more than one whole lesson before the October half term, although this may be modified for the skills of the individual teacher. Note that everyone will have different inductions in their schools. Try not to compare or fret; if you are unsettled talk to your tutor.
We would hope that you would be working towards a timetable of 8 hours by Christmas. Remember that we will all progress at various rates and there is no ‘normal’ progression for a trainee teacher. You will maintain these 8 hours after Christmas to the end of the placement.
Professional Practice Two In this professional practice, you will spend more of the week in school. There are only a few Friday sessions at University to allow you to teach more hours in school. As with professional practice one there should be a short period of induction when you arrive at professional practice two where you are given the opportunity to see how the school policies work in action.
You will be working towards a timetable of 12 hours per week in this professional practice. Possibly a few more hours towards the end of the placement.