Where will I be placed?
Our Initial Teacher Education programme adopts a school-based approach. We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a school environment, learning to teach with expert classroom practitioners, supplemented by practical, knowledge-rich subject and pedagogical training each week. Links to all our main placement schools can be found here:
We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a host school throughout the year. To supplement this, trainee teachers will also participate in three focused placements. Trainee teachers do a three week placement in the second term, which will offer them a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools.
Furthermore, trainee teachers will also benefit from a week’s placement in a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees). They will also gain experience within the Tri Borough Alternative Provision.
How long is the course?
One academic year, from September to July. Trainees are also required to attend a two-week long induction in July before they begin training that runs from Monday 1 – Friday 12 July 2019. This will help you prepare effectively for the course, with the opportunity to practise and hone your teaching skills, develop your subject knowledge and meet your fellow trainees and school-based mentors.
The teaching day starts at 7:30am, an hour before pupils begin their lessons and can run until 5:30pm on days when school meetings and CPD are scheduled. Other school events like parents’ evenings may run later, until 7pm. This is a full-time course and trainees are reminded that there is no opportunity for paid work alongside this commitment. You will be entitled to calendared school holidays throughout the year and will need to manage your workload carefully to meet all your SCITT and university deadlines. There are also six subject seminars led by the Institute of Education at UCL throughout the year, where you will meet with trainees from other providers to improve your subject knowledge.