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University of Roehampton is one of the leading ITT providers in the country working collaboratively with hundreds of schools across London and the South East. Our partnerships enable us to draw on the immense expertise of our school based colleagues. Many schools find that working with our trainees is an excellent way to recruit quality NQTs. The trainees have the opportunity on placement to demonstrate their ability and enthusiasm and both they and schools can gauge compatibility.

In our FAQs section you'll find information on school experience dates, funding available to your school, taking a trainee during an Ofsted Inspection, what your school is required to do, training for class teachers and mentor training, and what our trainees do on placement. We always welcome your thoughts and queries on our primary school placements, so please don't hesitate to get in touch at schools.partnership@roehampton.ac.uk.

How primary school placements benefit your school

  • Trainee teachers bring energy and enthusiasm to a school, and can demonstrate new learning materials and strategies for teaching effectively.
  • Funding for development - Roehampton trainees bring up to £800 of additional funding – each.
  • Mentor training is a transferable skill and used throughout the school at all levels.
  • Trainees give skilled, trained assistance to teachers helping to improve pupils' learning outcomes.
  • Teachers find having a trainee highly motivating, prompting them to review their own practices.

University of Roehampton partner schools also benefit from INSET provided by University staff and partners, who offer university accredited training, at significantly reduced cost.

Developments for 2016/17

We are building on the 2015 focus on quality, there is:

  • Our QA policy revisited in the light of experience.
  • An emphasis on the class teacher role supporting trainee development.
  • New training programmes for Class Teachers and School Based Mentors (SBMs).
  • New online support for class teachers and SBMs.
  • Increased rigor in evaluating placements.
  • Sharing QA outcomes with all partner schools.

FAQs

Q How do I apply for placements?
If you are an existing partner school we will be in touch shortly via email with a link to register online. If you haven't worked with us before, then please give us a call on +44 (0)20 8392 3292/3680 or email schools.partnership@roehampton.ac.uk.

Q What dates will trainees be in my school?
A Our trainees do Block School Experience. Download the calendar of dates for 2016/2017.

Q What funding is available to my school?
A Please see the breakdown below:

Stage of Training Number of Days in School Placement Payment Payment for SBM Placement Breakdown
PGCE Stage 1 40 £400 £400 We pay £400 for hosting trainee and £400 for SBM –£50 per observation total of 4 with the possibility of a 5th observation in the event of difficulties as it is the first BSE. £150 for the final overview as this forms the interim reference.
PGCE Stage 2 62 £300 £300 We pay £300 for hosting trainee and £300 for SBM – £50 per observation total of 4. £100 for the final overview this is the NQT reference.
Year 1 28 £200 £200 We pay £200 for hosting trainee and £200 for SBM – £50 per observation total of 2 and £100 for the final overview.
Year 2 48 (split placement) £400 £400 We pay £400 for hosting trainee and £400 for SBM – £50 per observation total of 4 with the possibility of a 5th observation in the event of difficulties over the split BSE. £150 for the final overview as this forms the interim reference.
Year 3 54 £300 £300 We pay £300 for hosting trainee and £300 for SBM – £50 per observation total of 4. £100 for the final overview this is the NQT reference.

Q What do trainees do when there's an Ofsted inspection in my school?
We would not normally expect a trainee to take the class during the inspection. You have a highly skilled and motivated person who can work as a TA to support the learning of your children:

  • Working with targeted children,
  • Working with groups on specific learning aims,
  • Working as additional supervision at break and lunchtime.

Trainees can add value to your Ofsted inspection. They are motivated and bring experience relevant to their stage of training. For example, schools hosting Year 3 trainees from the undergraduate programme have someone with 3 years practical experience as well as an in-depth understanding of learning, child development and a specialist, subject strength.

In the run up to your Inspection trainees could:

  • Take intervention groups in maths or literacy to raise attainment
  • Free the class teacher to take intervention groups
  • Undertake behaviour support
  • Work with identified underachieving groups to raise attainment
  • Conduct targeted observations

When the notification of an inspection visit comes:

  • Trainees can take the class to free the teacher to attend to necessary priorities
  • Trainees must make sure work they have done with the class is marked properly and up to date
  • Trainees must make sure their records of children's progress is up to date and accurate
  • Target specific work for example enhancing the learning environment e.g. the refreshing of classroom/corridor displays
  • Contribute to work on the schools identified priorities to ensure the best possible presentation

Q How can the school support trainees?
New for this year is the half day Class Teacher Training for which we pay supply cover to release your teacher. This provides good CPD for teachers and leads onto the new one day school based mentor course. As previously highlighted in the letter we sent to you in January (see enclosed), you need to have your class teacher trained before they can have a trainee in their classroom. Please see dates available. 

Teachers who are already trained as school based mentors do not need to do the class teacher training.

  • Update training will be offered to current school based mentors who trained in 2013/14 and 2014/15. We will contact the teachers concerned directly. If any of your teachers who are school based mentors are changing school please let us know.
  • School based mentor training will continue next year with a course this term. Please see dates.

Q What support will my school receive from the university?
A We provide training for school based mentors on how best to support the trainee and integrate them within your school. Training is free of charge for our placement schools with supply cover also paid for. Mentoring skills are transferable for staff to use within their own schools with the possibility to progress to a 20 credit MA module, subject to additional fees.

Q When does class teacher and mentor training run?
A Please click here to view the dates.

Q Do trainees have a DBS disclosure?
A Yes - all trainees have a full-enhanced DBS disclosure and complete a thorough, all-encompassing child protection/safe guarding course before going into school.

Q What are trainees required to do in my class?
A This will depend on the trainees stage of professional development outlined below:

PGCE Full Time 

  • Stage 1
    The trainees begin with a preparation week. They will extend their practice to teaching groups and whole class, taking increased responsibility for whole days in the final week.
  • Stage 2
    Trainees will undertake a preparation week to familiarise themselves with the school, get to know the children and begin to plan for the BSE. They are then expected to gradually take on the role of lead teacher, working in a close professional relationship with their class teacher and within the school framework. Trainees are expected to take full responsibility for all aspects of the management and teaching of their placement class, including taking responsibility for co-ordinating the work of all other adults in the class.

BA Primary Education

  • Year 1 – Support Teacher
    During BSE the trainees will plan and teach activities for individuals and small groups; beginning to develop whole class teaching. The focus of their planning and teaching should be the core subjects and their subject specialism. They will work in support of the class teacher.
  • Year 2 – Shared Teaching
    Year 2 School experience is in two separate blocks of time, one in the autumn term and one in the summer term. Both of these BSE take place in the same school. Trainees progress from being in a support role to sharing responsibilities with the class teacher. This provides them with the opportunity to develop their classroom management skills, teaching strategies and monitoring and assessment procedures. Their responsibilities increase to incorporate planning and teaching for whole class activities and the daily management of the class. They should also begin to cover the full range of the National Curriculum by gaining experience and exposure to the planning and teaching of the whole primary curriculum.
  • Year 3 – Lead Teacher
    Trainees will undertake a preparation week to familiarise themselves with the school, get to know the children and begin to plan for the BSE. They are then expected to gradually take on the role of lead teacher, working in a close professional relationship with their class teacher and within the school framework. Trainees are expected to take full responsibility for all aspects of the management and teaching of their placement class by the second half of the placement, including taking responsibility for co-ordinating the work of all other adults in the class.

"This was our first year as training partners with Roehampton. We had 14 first year trainees who were well supported, were having outstanding training, were highly motivated and just fun to have around. They have made a significant positive impact on our academy."

Tim Mills
Headteacher, Angel Oak Academy