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How our programme is structured

Our programme is a two-year commitment based on global best practice and research.

It begins at Summer Institute, an intensive five-week immersion into the theory and practice of teaching. Developed in partnership with the UK’s leading teacher training universities, it will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to enter the classroom and find your feet as a teacher.

During Summer Institute you will experience a variety of sessions, events and activities. The majority of your training will be delivered by Teach First and our university partners, and will focus on curriculum knowledge, education theory and practice, and classroom management. You will also spend time in schools working with pupils, teachers and members of the local community to develop an understanding of local context, observe teaching practice and develop professional relationships with your school mentor and university tutors.

You will spend the first four weeks of Summer Institute in the local area where you'll be teaching, and in week five you will come together in one location with all the other members of your cohort. This is the first time the whole cohort will be in one place and it gives you an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow participants and build networks.

For participants starting in 2018, Summer Institute started on Sunday 24 June 2018. Summer Institute dates for 2019 participants will be announced soon.

How the Leadership Development Programme is structured

You’ll start at your school as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, regional training provider and Teach First. During your training, you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a qualification which means you can return as a teacher at any time, wherever your career may take you after the programme.

In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), and will continue to receive structured support. This includes mentoring and training, and events where your cohort will come together, share experiences, reflect on your development and examine ways you can accelerate your contribution and create lasting social change.

As part of the Leadership Development Programme, you’ll also gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), an advanced and highly transferrable qualification in education and leadership.

What to expect as a participant in Early Years or primary school

Year 1

- You begin the Leadership Development Programme and have access to a variety of high-quality Continuing Professional Development opportunities
- If you are an Early Years participant, you will be the main class teacher of a nursery or reception class; if you are a primary participants, you will be the main class teacher in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2
- You attend twelve conference days (at least five in Term 1) further developing your subject and pedagogy knowledge. Nine of these require time out of school (including two Fridays), plus three additional Saturdays
- You start on a 60% timetable which can increase up to 80% once you are more established (usually after the first half term)
- You are supported by in-school mentors, university tutors, a Participant Development Lead and Teach First colleagues
- You earn Qualified Teacher Status at the end of your first year

Key requirements for Early Years
- You spend 20 days completing an alternative key stage placement (usually in the same school) in Key Stage 1
- You spend five days widening your experience by teaching in a contrasting school
- You have your first five-day placement in a 0-3 setting to increase their understanding of early child development

Key requirements for primary
- You  will spend at least 20 days completing an alternative key stage placement within the 5-11 age range

Year 2

- You continue to work towards your Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and have access to a variety of development opportunities
- You will attend five conference days and eight evening sessions further developing your subject and pedagogy knowledge. Two of these require time out of school, plus three additional Saturdays
- Early Years participants have your second five-day placement in a 0-3 setting to increase your understanding of early child development
- You will be a Newly Qualified Teacher, and have a timetable percentage that reflects this
- You will continue to be supported by in-school mentors, a Participant Development Lead and Teach First colleagues
- You complete your PGDE at the end of the second year
- You also have the option to ‘top up’ to a full Master's after your second year, bringing further insights to your school, as well as your teaching

What to expect as a participant in secondary school

Year 1

- You begin the Leadership Development Programme and have access to a variety of high-quality Continuing Professional Development
- You will attend nine conference days, further developing your subject and pedagogy knowledge. Six of these require time out of school (including two Fridays), with three additional Saturdays
You start on a 60% timetable which can increase up to 80% once you are more established (usually after the first half term);
- Your timetable covers Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (Key Stage 4 and 5 in Business Studies only) and does not include teaching more than two subjects
- The majority of your timetable will be in your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject
• You will spend five days widening your knowledge in a contrasting secondary school
• You spend one day in a primary school to increase your understanding of teaching and progress in a primary setting
• You are supported by in-school mentors, university tutors, a Participant Development Lead and Teach First colleagues
• You will earn your QTS at the end of your first year

Year 2

- You continue to work towards your Postgraduate Diploma in Education and have access to a variety of development opportunities
- You will attend five conference days and eight evening sessions, further developing your subject and pedagogy knowledge. Two of these require time out of school, plus three additional Saturdays
You will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and have a timetable percentage that reflects this
- You will continue to be supported by in-school mentors, a Participant Development Lead and Teach First colleagues
- You will complete your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the end of your second year
- You will also have the option to ‘top up’ to a full Master's after your second year, bringing further insights to your school, as
well as your teaching

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