Does the Undergraduate Receive any Training Prior to Coming into the Classroom?

All undergraduates are subject to a selection process and an initial day of training which is designed to give them an introduction to working with children, conduct in the school environment, child protection issues and basic teaching methods.

Undergraduates also receive a general introduction to the National Curriculum and the level of subject teaching in which they will be participating. The undergraduate is then matched with a specific teacher at a school in the local area, visiting the school they will be working in before commencement of the module.

The teacher acts as a ‘mentor’ and assessor to the undergraduate during the course: offering guidance and determining the level of responsibility and special projects given to them. Teachers are also asked to assess their undergraduate (usually in the form of a one page document) on how they dealt with the planning and delivery of the Special Project and handled themselves generally within the class.

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