An essential and significant part of the application form is a formal statement from your school or setting which provides details not only of your experience to date but also details of your potential to become an outstanding teacher.
Your school’s letter should make reference to the following:
- Your teaching experience to date
- Your current teaching commitment at the school
- Details of extra-curricular activities, other school responsibilities
- The school’s experience of working in Initial Teacher Education
- The experience of the mentor who will be working with you during your course
- Your relationships with pupils and colleagues, including support staff
- A recent lesson observation undertaken by a senior member of staff
- Your subject knowledge and pedagogy
- Your health and physical capacity to teach
- Your resilience and ability to cope with the demands of teaching, and ability to adapt to the changing educational landscape.
Prior to the acceptance of a candidate onto the Assessment Only route, it is a requirement that your school completes a formal Partnership Agreement with the University.
Supporting/ sponsoring schools need to provide candidates with sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers’ Standards during the 12 weeks of assessment. Schools are required to:
- Establish a timetable that will enable you to demonstrate competence against the Teachers’ Standards. For secondary routes, the teaching timetable must provide the opportunity to work across two consecutive Key Stages.
- Provide an experienced mentor to support you. The role of the mentor is to provide feedback on lesson observations, planning and assessment, plus professional support. It is a requirement that the supporting mentor is given time by the school to complete observations and conduct meetings.
- Regularly assess your teaching against the Teachers’ Standards and provide the University with Assessment Point (AP) data by deadlines set.