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  • Core Training Day at Djanogly City Academy

    Fantastic Training Day at DCA

    On Friday 5th May, we spent a fascinating day at Djanogly City Academy learning how to 'Teach like a Champion' Doug Lemov-style. The trainees had the opportunity to learn how to 'increase their radar' in the classroom and to use a range of innovative ' non - verbal cues' to create positive behaviour for learning in lessons. The afternoon session provided an interesting insight into a range of EAL strategies . Thanks to everyone for their input and support - a great day!

    Posted 08/05/2017 by Main News

  • Subject Specific Training - off site visits

    Trainees organise "out of classroom" learning experiences

    At NTS, our approach to the development of trainees' subject specific knowledge is a core part of our programme.

    Our team of specialist Lead Subject Tutors lead this agenda and deliver six Subject Specific Training Days at the SCITT.Each day is linked to a Teaching Standard or Standards. In addition to this, each of our Core Training Days has a subject specific focus, allowing the trainees an opportunity to apply general pedagogies to their own classes. Our mentors and class teachers further support trainees in developing subject specific knowledge through 'Subject Knowledge Targets' on lesson observation feedback. Finally, our trainees undertake Subject Specific Assignments as part of the PGCE course delivered by the University of Nottingham.

    As part of Subject Specific Day 6, our trainees and Lead Subject Tutors headed out on the road as part of a project to plan, risk assess and lead extra – curricular activities. Destinations included the National Space Centre in Leicester and the Holocaust Centre in Newark. A great opportunity to develop skills and that all important ‘out of the classroom thinking’.

    Posted 07/05/2017 by Main News

  • 'A Week in the Life of a SCITT Trainee'

    English trainee teacher Jo Day talks about her experiences as a trainee

    'If you have just finished university, like I had, used to not really being accountable for the majority of hours in a day, then be prepared for a bit of a change.

    As a SCITT trainee who is about to enter their third term, you treasure every minute you have and actually, you realise just how incredibly productive you can be. In 10 minutes you become able to print your work sheets off for the year 7 class you have next, create a questions box for PSHE that you have period 4 and make a cup of tea and steal a biscuit or two from a colleague. You become the master of nailing the 'to do' list.

    Yes, at times, that is hard because you never quite get to the bottom of it. Just when you think you have, 5 students wow you in lesson and you decide to phone home to emphasise just how incredibly proud you are or you take on a new after school club that needs planning or maybe a student just wants to come and talk to you. However, such occurrences are the most rewarding thing, so you don't mind the fact it's become a tiny bit longer because the benefits will be invaluable. Students will come up and thank you and when they do, that's when you know you're doing alright. Even if it does feel as though you're juggling 20 balls in the air at the same time. That thank you made it worth while.

    And if the worst happens and for a moment you drop one, you share that momentary blip with a fellow trainee who has no doubt felt exactly the same before. So they pick you back up and they dust you off and you carry on and in a week's time, you'll be there for someone else's blip.

    Be ready to work hard, treasure every minute and make some incredible friends along the way.'

    Jo Day (NTS English)

    Posted 24/03/2017 by Main News

  • ITT Mentor training

    Session 2: Target setting and feedback

    The lead up to summer brought yet another successful mentor session for our current SCITT mentor cohort. It was great to see yet another good turn out and to use this opportunity to focus a lot more on personalising lesson feedback as well as looking at the grading system in more detail.

    The core training team definitely enjoyed working on a more one to one basis with mentors and it was a wonderful opportunity to get some subject specific feedback. Mentors made some extremely valuable contributions when it came to developing trainees’ subject knowledge and as a result we have been able to circulate these across our partnership.

    The collaborative approach mentors took when reflecting on providing constructive feedback resulted in an increase in confidence from all participants. Mentors came away from the training feeling a lot more self-assured and secure in their approaches to steering trainees in the right direction and setting them suitable targets.

    This mentor session only highlighted more how worthwhile it is to all work together and share good working practice.

    "The mentor training was invaluable. I found it very useful to share ideas with other colleagues on how to develop trainees in terms of their teaching and working towards their professional standards. It was also great to develop my knowledge of how to observe and grade my trainee. This has helped a great deal this term!"

    School based mentor

    Posted 22/03/2017 by Main News

  • Trainees promote 'Get into Teaching'

    NTS trainees present at the Nottingham and Peterborough 'Get into Teaching' events

    It was great to see how well attended two 'Get into Teaching' marketing events were during the Spring term. With over 600 people combined within the two evenings NTS Trainees had the opportunity to advise and support interested people about how to get into teaching. Lucie Street Helen Teskey and Will Hollis spoke on behalf of the event organisers during the main information presentation. It was a great opportunity for future ITT applicants to hear what a great profession teaching is along with the challenge of learning to master a new profession.

    Posted 19/02/2017 by Main News

  • Trainees teach in Finland

    Successful trip to Jyvaskula Teacher Training School

    Not as cold as the -30 witnessed last year 35 trainees and SCITT leaders traveled to Jyvaskula Teacher Training School. Spending 5 days away allowed for all trainees to have a go at teaching pre-planned lessons as well as visit many different educational settings. A highlight was seeing 7year old children skating on a lake in -15, laughing and having fun as part of PE.

    The English, MfL and Drama trainees delivered a team led lesson on 'Romeo and Juliet' which combined different subjects together. The upper secondary Finnish pupils really enjoyed the combination of theory and practical lessons. All departments got a chance to observe and support lessons, some having additional 'cultural' experiences and opportunities to visit to places of local interest.

    An amazing experience and we would like to thank the teaching teams at University of Jyväskylä Teacher Training school for providing us with another fantastic opportunity to witness Finnish education.

    Posted 03/02/2017 by Main News

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