As a school-led Graduate Apprenticeship course (Teaching Apprenticeship with QTS Level 6), the majority of your time will be spent in your training school. The content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs.
The Graduate Apprenticeship scheme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University and at your host school. These may include sessions which:
•Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
•Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist area of the curriculum.
•Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
The Teaching Apprenticeship is an employment-based route into teaching which combines paid work and training including guaranteed off-the-job training. You will work towards achieving the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards (identical to the Teachers’ Standards) and then be recommended for QTS.
Three Rivers Academy works in partnership with an accredited training provider, Kingston University who delivers the off-the-job training. Having achieved QTS, you will have an End-Point Assessment which leads to completion of the apprentice programme and the award of the apprenticeship certificate.
This is a 12 month programme starting in September 2020 and you would expect to have achieved QTS by the following September 2021 and be ready for the EPA around this time.
The off-the-job training makes up at least 20% of your contracted hours on the apprenticeship programme. The sessions will generally take place at Kingston University, usually one day a week during term time plus one full-time week of training in September at the start of the programme. The training will include opportunities and experiences to support the development of your teaching knowledge and skills.
Whilst you may not be employed as a supernumerary member of staff, you will be supported as you develop your practice by a school based mentor. This may happen in a range of ways including scaffolding your teaching experiences, team-planning and/or team teaching.
The Department for Education (DfE) requires that all ITT provision includes a period of time (six weeks minimum) in a second contrasting school. This usually takes place in the second term of the apprenticeship. While working in the second school.