The duration of the course is one academic year and comprises two placements. You will complete one longer placement at your host school, with a second, shorter placement in another of our partner schools, in the middle.
During each school placement you will be supported by a Subject Mentor who will support you in developing your practice day to day. You will undertake a range of lesson observations, observing excellent classroom practice, and will further-develop the skills needed to plan and deliver effective learning sequences for students in your subject area.
Alongside your in-school training you will benefit from approximately 60 days of training delivered by Durham University, allowing you to take advantage of the university’s academic and research expertise. This training is organised as three modules, providing an opportunity to explore issues relating to teaching and learning through lectures and seminar groups:
- Research-Related Professional Practice: These sessions explore classroom-based issues and examine techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment. This module is further-supported by the university’s innovative Professional Opportunities for Development (POD) programme, which enables trainees to participate in training led and delivered by Sedgefield Community College, working in partnership with other local secondary schools. This provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to see first-hand how educational theory is applied in practice in a range of real-school contexts.
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum: This module draws on the international research expertise within Durham University’s School of Education.
- Self-directed Study: This module is orientated towards your subject specialism and draws on your experience from school visits and small-scale action research.
Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with 90 credits.
We are currently offering secondary teacher training in the following subjects: