Continuing Professional Development
ITT provision at the Sweyne Park School
Since the creation of the Sweyne Park School in 1997, we have had very strong links with a wide range of Initial Teacher Training Providers. We believe that training future teachers at our school is very important element of our success as an outstanding school.
Each academic year, we host a substantial number of trainee teachers on both university led training (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) and employment based courses, such as the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. We work with both local and London based accredited training providers, such as The Institute of Education, University of London, King's College London and the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
There are many benefits to the school of hosting PGCE and Graduate Teacher trainees. For recruitment purposes, it enables us to have privileged access to a pool of potential employees who we can train for excellence as future teachers at Sweyne Park School. For our existing teachers, mentoring a trainee teacher brings a two way improvement dialogue. Our teachers have to develop their own reflective practice to explain, articulate and help draw out excellent standards of teaching and learning practices in trainees. In return, trainees help our existing teachers to keep up to date with their subject knowledge and innovations in lesson delivery. Seeing trainee teachers through the process of passing their training year to meeting the standards required of them for qualified teacher status (QTS) is deeply satisfying for our teaching staff, and it also sets a very important example to our pupils about the value and importance of life-long learning. However, the bottom line for us is that our pupils continue to receive an outstanding standard of teaching and we believe this can only be achieved through stringent monitoring and highly effective support of trainees.
To enable our trainees to achieve QTS, we run a series of programmes to support their professional development. Interactive and engaging professional studies sessions are run on a weekly basis for all trainees in areas such as achievement and diversity. These sessions are run by our training team, which is made up of lead teachers with extensive experience of staff development and ASTs. Where necessary, members of staff with specialist expertise, such as our SENCO or senior team also lead sessions. Trainees are expected to carry out prior reading to these sessions. Trainees are also expected to carry out research to deepen their professional knowledge and understanding of important issues in teaching today. At individual level, specialist subject mentoring is provided for each trainee to personalise their learning and ensure they reach their potential. All of our mentors receive personalised help to ensure that they are fully equipped with the necessary skills to ensure trainees are able to reach their potential. We are currently exploring the potential of technology to support our trainees’ professional development, through the use of our VLE and by encouraging trainees to contribute to online discussions and blogs.
To find out more contact Sally Pemberton on 01268 784721 or email SPemberton@sweynepark.com.