Trainees will be invited to an induction day during the summer term, prior to the commencement of the course. This is a valuable opportunity for trainees to meet the School Direct Team, fellow trainees and to learn about the training in detail. Our partner universities will host induction sessions too. These are a blend of online and face to face, depending on the circumstances at the time. You will be notified by the university regarding details of these.
Professional Learning Days
In Kent, these are whole day sessions where the basics of teaching and learning are presented and good practice shared. Training is delivered by our own expert staff who have been accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University. These sessions cover topics such as Lesson Planning, Behaviour Management, AEN and Inclusion and Theories of Learning.
At our other schools the content of these days will be covered by the partner University or SCITT
Trainees are also released to attend Curriculum Days delivered at your chosen University. For further information please contact the universities directly.
Pedagogy in Practice
These sessions are where the practical implications of theories presented during the Professional Learning Days are further explored.
Wider Developing Practice
These are specific tasks that are completed at set times to reinforce and practise what is taught during the Professional Learning Days and the Pedagogy in Practice sessions.
Wider Professional Practice
At least a four-week contrasting placement will be arranged for each trainee. In addition, an alternative stage placement of one week's duration is arranged. Visits to other schools can be set up to provide wider experience.
Being a School Direct trainee as part of Trust allowed me to discuss and share best practice with others in the same situation, helping me to further improve my own practice and to grow as a teacher. The support has been amazing, with experienced teachers encouraging you and ensuring you are not on your own.