As an English teacher, you will introduce students to a range of texts, including poetry, drama, novels and non-fiction. You will design lessons and set assignments which will allow students to develop skills, such as reading, discussion, creative writing, traditional essays, performance and analysis.
Many teachers help with activities beyond the classroom, such as encouraging student journalism, organising trips, supporting the school’s theatrical productions, and encouraging home reading. By developing students’ skills in English you will be supporting their achievement in many other areas, ensuring they are equipped for life – as well as encouraging a love of reading.
Your training will have a strong focus on helping your pupils to become effective written and verbal communicators. You will learn teaching methods and strategies to help them hone their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, standing them in good stead for the future.
|What qualifications will I gain?||Where will I train?|
Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley or Derbyshire.
|How long is the programme?||When does it start|
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How will I learn?
Our programme is intended to meet your own individual needs on your journey to QTS and meets the Teachers’ Standards. The course includes:
- Academic lectures at Sheffield Hallam University,
- Professional training sessions delivered by STTA at various locations in Sheffield
- Hands-on experience through placements at schools in the local area.
- A dedicated mentor to provide you with support and guidance throughout your training.
- Guidance and support provided for all aspects of your training.
- Ongoing school-based support throughout the year.
- School placements.
What will I learn?
You will develop the skills and knowledge to teach English at key stages 3, 4 and 5 (age range 11-18). Topics covered include:
You will develop your English skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks, written assessments and practical work. You are expected to consolidate your development, both in university and in schools, by researching appropriate material and accessing wider resources.
Professional training delivered by STTA:
- The professional teacher
- Lesson/scheme design
- Assessment: marking and feedback
- Data collection and analysis
- Barriers to learning
- Organisation skills
- Role of the SENCO
- Knowledge of consecutive key stages
- Emotional regulation
- Building resilience
- SEND and inclusion
- EAL and new arrivals
- How to communicate with parents
- Collaborative team teaching
- Next steps and help with job applications
Your placement will consist of a minimum of 120 days in at least two secondary schools to gain practical classroom experience. Placements are usually undertaken at partner schools with STTA with the first one starting in September and your second placement will starting in January.
You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.
How am I assessed?
Your academic work will be assessed by written coursework assignments. You will be assigned an academic tutor who will support you throughout the year. This part of the course is where you will gain 60 credits towards your masters degree.
You will also record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status throughout the year via a professional portfolio. At the end of the year you will submit your portfolio as your final assessment. We will also track your progress throughout the year and provide guidance to ensure that you are on-track to successfully complete your training.
After successful completion of this course you will be qualified teacher. By becoming a teacher, you’re joining a profession that offers a huge variety of career opportunities.
There are lots of opportunity to progress into a number of leadership or management roles such as:
- Subject/phase lead
- Lead practitioner working as a mentor, coach, trainer or facilitator
- A pastoral role
- Teaching and learning responsibility
- Head of department
- Deputy head
As well as excellent career opportunities, teaching offers a competitive salary, job security and job satisfaction.