Tell me more about the training
We start the year with three days of intensive “Induction” training in July.
You will then spend four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) at your placement school, and one day a week receiving training. Part-time trainees will spend the equivalent of two days in school per week (structured in a way to suit you) but completed over two years.
On Thursday mornings, all the Mid Essex ITT trainees meet up for General Professional Studies (GPS). This usually takes place at the fantastic Braintree Arts Theatre but is sometimes held virtually due to Covid. Each week we will look at a different aspect of teaching, with all sessions being run by a variety of experienced, practising teachers. This also allows you to chat to the other trainees from across the scheme and share your experiences.
On Thursday afternoons, you will have Subject Professional Studies (SPS). You will be in a small group with trainees studying the same subject as you. The sessions will be led by your Lead Subject Mentor, who will be an experienced, practising subject teacher. You will learn how to apply the skills you have learnt in GPS to your particular subject. These sessions usually take place at the school where your Lead Subject Mentor is based.
Fee-paying trainees will also have additional “Academic Days”. These are dedicated to working towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification.