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The HTTP Programme

How do you train?

On both routes, SCITT and School Direct, our trainees are based for 4 days a week in school. One day a week our trainees receive professional development training to prepare them for the different aspects of the role of the teacher.  We prepare our trainees to develop their critical thinking and to reflect, as practitioners, about modern and traditional pedagogy. From Piaget to Hattie, we provide training on a generic level, looking at planning, differentiation, lesson structures, maximising progress, engaging strategies and active learning as a cohort. We pride ourselves in using a full range of trainers from the secondary sector, from lead practitioners to head teachers, providing a breadth of experience and expertise. HTTP also brings in external trainers to enhance our pool of expertise, some with national reputations.

Our pastoral preparation is rigorous and informative. Sessions include: safeguarding training, mental health in teenagers, being a form tutor, the importance of well-being, homophobic bullying and cyber safety. Our course is updated annually to meet the changing trends and address the social and political factors that influence our learners. In addition, we prepare our trainees to develop their critical thinking and to reflect, as practitioners, against modern and traditional pedagogy. 

Another strength of our programme is the subject specific development that also takes place for eight sessions every year.  Our subject specialists are excellent classroom practitioners, currently working in our Partnership schools, offering the latest ideas, strategies, examples and subject developments, straight out of classroom. These sessions are run in smaller groups and Subject Leaders offer an additional layer of support for our trainees when they are completing their subject-specific written assignments – providing personalised and face to face support, which is one of our unique attributes.

We have developed a partnership with UEL and all our trainees have the opportunity to qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education validated by the university and which also attracts 60 level seven credits (Masters Level).

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"Supportive. Consistent. Professional. Inspirational.

MATT, 2015 trainee