Primary Programme

Our primary programme focuses on all areas of the curriculum, incorporating a variety of theoretical and practical sessions as well as school visits to observe outstanding practice. Core subjects will be given a greater focus, looking at key skills and concepts taught across the primary age range, and all trainees will develop their understanding of early mathematics and early reading, including phonics.

Creativity and cross curricular links will be explored throughout, planning lessons and schemes of work which inspire children and meet the needs of all learners, including SEND, EAL and gifted and talented children. Sessions will focus on establishing a positive learning environment within the classroom, building strong relationships with children, parents, staff and the wider school community.

As well as academic progress, sessions will highlight effective ways of developing children’s personal and social skills and cultural awareness. Assessment for learning strategies will be introduced, encouraging the children to become independent learners in order to fulfil their potential. The primary programme encourages trainees to reflect on their own practice as well as teaching observed during school placements and current educational classroom research. Trainees will complete at least two school placements across two consecutive age ranges, spending a minimum of 24 weeks in schools.