Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training Programmes offer the opportunity to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education with Early Years (Age 3-7), Primary Education (Age 5-11) or in Secondary Education (Age 11-16) in the following subject areas:
Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physics and Religious Studies.
The course that you will study is made up of; School-Based Experience, Professional Studies Sessions, Subject Immersion Days, Tutorials, Diversity ad Cross Phase experience days
Professional Studies sessions cover the core teaching & learning knowledge that you will need to be an Outstanding teacher. They are delivered by a range of different colleagues, each leading sessions on their own area of specialism. These colleagues include Outstanding teachers, Subject Leaders and Specialist Leaders in Education all working in collaboration to provide you with the best possible training experience.
Professional Studies sessions are held in our specialist training facilities at the YWTT Training Base on the campus of South Hunsley School and are a mix of lecture style sessions and workshops.
Professional Studies sessions cover a range of topics including; behaviour management, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, lesson planning, engaging students, assessment and feedback and working with other adults in the classroom. Each session is designed so that you can embed the practice in schools with specific foci for each week.
Subject Immersion days are designed to provide you with the specific skills to teach your subject. They are delivered by subject specialists and Specialist Leaders of Education within your subject area, ensuring that you are getting the most up to date and innovate preparation for your subject teaching.
Subject sessions focus on how to teach your subject, but also cover the full curriculum for your subject, ensuring that you get the opportunity to be fully prepared for all the topics that you will encounter in your career.
You may find that you would benefit from our Subject Knowledge Enhancement provision, to prepare you for teaching. Visit our Subject Knowledge page for more information.
Information on all of our subjects is below.
Curriculum Studies sessions are designed to provide you with the specific skills to teach the range of different subjects covered in a primary school. They are delivered by subject specialists and Specialist Leaders of Education within each subject area, ensuring that you are getting the most up to date and innovate preparation for your subject teaching. These are augmented by Subject immersion days on reading, phonics, science and maths.
Curriculum sessions focus on how to teach different subjects, but also cover the full curriculum for each subject, ensuring that you get the opportunity to be fully prepared for all the topics that you will encounter in your career, from phonics to Computer Science!
The Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training Programme blends school based training with centralised Professional Studies and Subject Studies support. The course opens in September with an induction week which covers the essential information needed before the start of school experience. From week two onwards, at least 4 days per week are spent in school with the fifth day undertaking professional studies sessions at the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training base at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College.
To see an overview of our training year, click here.
School experience in our excellent partnership schools, forms a significant part of your teacher training. Learning in an immersive environment, led and supported by high quality, experienced mentors and teachers.
The first few weeks of your training programme involve an introductory placement in one of our partner schools. This will be your grounding in teaching and allows you to develop your practice in a supportive environment. Following this placement, you will go to your ‘main placement’ where you will be based for the remainder of the year. This structure allows you to make your early mistakes in a different environment, ready to then take on the challenges of teaching in your main host school.
School experience is such a key part of your training and our system ensures that you get the best support and practice that you can. Your timetable will build up gradually, depending upon your experience (decisions on this are made between you and your mentor), with the aim that you are teaching 65-70% of a full timetable by the end of the programme, preparing you effectively for the 80% timetable that you would teach as an NQT.
To find out more about our fantastic partner schools, visit Partners page.
There are two separate qualifications that you will be working towards in your teacher training year; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
You will be assessed at six points during the academic year, where your mentor will write a report on your progress to date, against each of the eight Teachers’ Standards. These reviews are then used to form the judgement at the end of the programme for the awarding of QTS. Don’t worry though, we are there to support you throughout the programme!
The PGCE qualification is assessed and awarded by our Higher Education partner, Sheffield Hallam University. This is assessed by three academic assignments written during your training year, based on critical reflection of theory and practice.
YWTT is accredited to provide trainees with Qualified Teacher Status, (QTS) To enhance our outstanding course, we commission Sheffield Hallam University, (University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020) to combine our QTS with Masters Qualifications to award a full PGCE qualification.
The PGCE assignments are carefully integrated into YWTT provision, ensuring a coherent training package. PGCE sessions are delivered at the YWTT training base by Sheffield Hallam tutors who will support you through specially designed modules that enable you to analyse your classroom practice in the light of research and educational theory.