Following our two-day induction conference, you will be immersed in classroom practice from the beginning of term. Weekly centre-based training is complemented by expert mentoring to ensure that you are well-supported to develop into a reflective practitioner who can make a difference.
You will build your knowledge and skills with two contrasting school placements. The first placement runs from September to December, and the second from January to June. Four weeks of Intensive Training and Practice (ITAP) will enable you to focus on daily practices that are key to promoting students’ learning, particularly those elements that, historically, trainees do not find as easy to implement in their practice.
All our initial teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)* and 60 Master’s Level credits.
* In exceptional cases, for example where a trainee already has a PGCE, we offer the QTS-only route.
We are founded upon a well-established partnership of credible organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber, Northeast Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire, and the North East. Together, we are committed to the importance of ‘exchange’; sharing our knowledge, skills and expertise generously for the benefit of young people in our communities. We strive to drive achievement, address disadvantage and raise the aspirations of the children we serve.
Our initial teacher training is rooted in local, credible schools. You will be immersed in classroom practice from the very start, but you will not be alone. Your mentor will oversee your learning journey along with the lead mentor, subject lead and a dedicated central team, all devoted to ensuring your success on our programme. At weekly centre-based training, you and your peers will engage with the most recent and rigorous educational research and explore what great teachers know and do. We will support you to build professional friendships during your training will last a lifetime.
Too many pupils in the North of England do not achieve well in school. Disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils lag behind their peers at primary with the gap widening at secondary. The relationship between parental wealth and background, and children’s educational outcomes is particularly strong. Teaching is the profession that can break that link. The future economic prosperity of our communities is inextricably linked to children’s aspirations and the quality of education.
Developed in partnership with Professor Stuart Kime, our curriculum will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to become a great teacher. It prioritises the elements of the Model For Great Teaching (Great Teaching Toolkit: An Evidence Review, Evidence Based Education, 2020), the most recent full-scale evidence review of what makes great teaching.
We frame our curriculum around five big questions;
Many of your core and subject training sessions, including conference days, will take place at The Education Exchange, a large campus-style facility situated in Knottingley, with excellent road links to the M62 and M1 and within walking distance of Knottingley train station. With free parking, our centre is equipped with the latest technology, including free Wi-Fi and video conferencing.
Our impressive auditorium provides the opportunity for you to learn together with national and local experts, with accompanying breakout rooms providing space for smaller groups and tutorials.
Onsite you will find a welcoming café (open Monday to Friday) with indoor and outdoor seating. We serve barista-style coffees along with a range of food options, including jacket potatoes, soups, toasted sandwiches and snacks (surcharges apply). The café caters to a variety of dietary needs and preferences.
Our Exchange Teacher Training central team will be located upstairs in the conference centre.
The Get into Teaching website provides some useful tips on completing your application, including writing your teacher training personal statement, choosing your references and preparing for interviews.