Year 1—First Steps
All trainees will be invited to join a short 'Preparing to Teach' programme in the summer term before taking up a post. This is highly recommended, but voluntary, and will be arranged to fit in with your availability. We will meet your expenses should you choose to attend.
During the first year of training at King Edward VI School you will be provided with all the necessary tools to prepare for effective and successful teaching. You will be given plenty of support and structured resources from professional mentors, subject specific mentors and staff specialised in teacher training. You will teach less than a normal teaching load in order to allow time for training and support.
You will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the co-curricular programme and you will have duties that include covering absent colleagues and invigilating examinations.
A variety of strategies will be employed to help you to become confident in the classroom and a carefully developed programme will provide a solid foundation for qualification. The programme will ensure that you build a network of professionals who are excellent classroom practitioners able to model the skills essential for outstanding teaching and learning.
Year 2— Working towards QTS
Building on the first year of experience, we will help you to prepare to meet the standards required by the University of Southampton. You will have regular contact with a mentor from your teaching department and also with our Professional Development team. Professional training sessions will form an integral part of the programme as will regular lesson observations with detailed feedback. Your teaching experience will be expanded during a placement in another school and a period of formal assessment by the University of Southampton will lead to QTS. This will require sufficient evidence of progress towards the Teaching Standards.
Where the School does not have a suitable vacancy following the award of QTS, the training contract will end. We will, however, provide help and support in finding a suitable position elsewhere.
Year 3 or entry point with QTS or PGCE—NQT training
Trainees will be considered for appointment to fill internal vacancies and where successful they will be able to progress to the second half of our training programme.
Our NQT provision offers a comprehensive and customised programme; it is designed to allow you to develop as a professional whilst helping you to prepare for future progression.
Progression to PGCE will be possible during the NQT year by completion of written assignments for assessment by the University.
During your NQT year at King Edward’s you can expect:
- A dedicated Subject Mentor based in your department
- Regular meetings with a Professional Mentor, both formal and informal
- A tailored programme addressing pastoral, co-curricular and wider professional issues
- A reduced timetable, giving you the time to practise and observe
- Full accreditation through the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (ISTip)
Year 4—Further development
The final year will include support needed for progression into a full teaching role. Opportunities will be available to prepare for leadership and the wider aspects of a teaching career will be explored. Professional development will be fully supported throughout your time at King Edward’s.