Your training year will consist of:
School orientation experience
Before your course starts, you will spend time meeting your new colleagues, interacting with pupils and really getting to know your school so that you can hit the ground running in September.
Summer School is the perfect start to your training programme. All new trainees come together over two weeks in a school for an introduction to the programme, and the principles of great teaching. Together, you will start to learn the theory of teaching and practise techniques to get you ready for the start of school.
A wealth of support
You’ll have a secondary tutor who oversees your training, access to 23 education experts at Ark Teacher Training, and three in-school staff dedicated to your development – including your coach who supports you on a daily basis. This is not to mention the 100 other trainees alongside you in your school and throughout the Ark Teacher Training network, who will support you and share the experience with you.
Every week you’ll be observed and have a feedback session with your coach. They will work with you to identify a targeted, bite-sized change in your practice that will help you improve most the following week. For example, one week it could be changing the way you greet students at the door.
You will work with a great teacher to plan your lessons – someone who has lots of experience teaching your subject. This means you’ll have the opportunity to ask all the detailed questions you may have about how to teach specific elements of your subject’s curriculum.
Weekly training sessions
Every week you’ll come together with your fellow secondary trainees for face-to-face training with your Ark Teacher Training tutor. Sometimes these sessions will focus on how to teach your subject and sometimes they will focus on broader areas like dealing with behaviour or assessment. All training combines strong theoretical foundations with practising key techniques – so you’ll be able to test them out with peers before trying them in your class.
You’ll be in the classroom from day one meaning you can start having an impact straight away, with plenty of support. In fact, you’ll teach at least 120 lessons alongside an outstanding teacher. As you start the programme, you’ll team-teach with your coach, taking on responsibility as the year progresses, such as independently teaching some subjects. By the end of the first year, you’ll be teaching the whole curriculum to your class.
Contrasting school experience
Seeing other schools is crucial to succeeding in your own. Over the first year you will spend time in three different schools: you will swap with a fellow trainee in another partner school, you will spend time observing a school outside the Ark Teacher Training network, and you will spend time a school in a completely different context to your own. These schools help you develop as a teacher by showing you how other schools work, and what makes yours unique.