Initial Teaching Training

Our Partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

The school continues to be outward facing, strengthening links with the University through social media, lectures and workshops- as well as providing annual placements. The English Lead has attended voluntary seminars held by associates from the National Literacy Trust- where current, relevant research is discussed and new texts from children's authors are introduced. At the end of the last academic year, as well as interviewing prospective PGCE and undergraduate student teachers, Miss Comerford was invited to give a lecture to the graduating class of PGCE students, looking forward to the challenges of their NQT year. At the beginning of Term One, our NQT, Miss Heard, accompanied Miss Comerford to Canterbury Christ Church to speak to the new cohort of PGCE students about her experiences through her training year. Since then, Miss Comerford has completed an accredited Mentor Development Programme, run by the university.


Current Provision: Year 1 BA Students

Two students are currently training with us in Year 1 and 6. Mr Head, and Miss Till are first year BEd students and are completing one day a week in their base class before two block weeks in Term 5/6. They meet with Miss Comerford every Tuesday and their Link Tutor, Kate Yeoman, has worked alongside the students in focused observations targeting different Teaching Standards. Miss Comerford has attended seminars and workshops at the university and also attends PAM (Primary Area Mentor Meetings) every seasonal term, so that the school is fully aware of training and development issues.


NQT Training Programme 2019:

Senacre Wood is very familiar with the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) to the staff team. They are formally graded six times over the course of a year, with three full reports completed by their mentor. Senacre Wood has four trained mentors and these members of staff are allocated according to targeted needs at point of entry. 

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