Start building your knowledge of teaching before you hit the classroom in September and get to know your fellow trainees on our summer training course.
We’re making changes to this year's Summer Institute to ensure the safety of our staff, trainees and pupils. The dates will remain the same (Monday 22 June - Friday 24 July 2020), but due to the current social distancing guidelines, we are designing an online Summer Institute. Please visit our FAQs for more information on changes being made due to COVID-19.
The core purposes of Summer Institute are to prepare you for starting in the classroom and enable you to cement relationships with your fellow cohort members. Our online Summer Institute is being designed with these elements firmly at the forefront.
Our online Summer Institute will mean that you'll be able to participate no matter where you are. We hope that this comes as a relief to those of you who are affected by travel restrictions. Summer Institute will be a mix of live seminars and tutorials, and online content accessible at any time. We know you might need more flexibility to complete Summer Institute, and we're working on more detailed guidance to support you in this.
We have considerable experience in supporting new teachers to be ready for the classroom. Our curriculum is sequenced to ensure you get the best possible training, so we will be explicit about what you need to focus upon, in what order and by when.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we can't offer school-based training as a part of Summer Institute. We're prepared, and are working closely with our university partners to design alternatives for this. We'll also provide additional support and opportunities once restrictions are lifted. We will share more specifics on this as the coming months unfold, but online teaching will definitely form a part of Summer Institute, and as experts in teacher training, we will make sure that this will prepare you to start in the classroom.
You will have a dedicated Development Lead from Teach First throughout Summer Institute who will be there to offer you one-to-one support. There will also be plenty of opportunities to connect with other trainees in your region and subject group, as well as national get-togethers – both online, and in person once restrictions have been lifted.
We are continuing to work hard on designing the best online Summer Institute possible and will keep you updated as this progresses. We are very aware that everyone's circumstances are different right now, and people are facing various challenges, so we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible.
If you have any immediate questions, or want to talk through the above, don't hesitate to reach out to your recruiter.