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Teaching Futures - A better way to train

Give new teachers confidence, skills and a great start

A better way to train

There's no getting around the fact that the journey to becoming a teacher is challenging. Great skills and knowledge acquired early on, combined with careful encouragement and support for trainee or NQT alike, will create brilliant teachers. A better way of training, designed by teachers and headteachers, will inspire trainees to become resilient, flexible leaders of the future.

 

Partnered with The Learning Institute, our Foundation Degree enables those interested in teaching as a further career to study part-time whilst earning. 

Our PGCE School Direct course, is like no other. Trained using Curious-city, our course focuses on developing curious, creative, intuitive teachers.

Guidance and advice for building and enhancing training programmes or assistance in running part or the whole of your course.

Training, mentoring and support for your NQTs and Trainees to get them back on track or prepare them for the next level

 

What do we mean by "better"?

We know how a lot of training and advice can sound great on the day, but be impossible to implement, or even remember, the day after. Our approach is personal, collaborative and effective. Everyone in the Teaching Futures team is or has been a teacher or a leader in schools, so we know how the first few years can shape a teacher's career. We work with our trainees and their organisations to understand and overcome the challenges of the job, giving them practical advice, inspiration and techniques that will enable them to reach their full potential as teachers and future school leaders.  

 
  • Fab day - best CPD I've had for a long time! Excited to take ideas back to the whole school
    — Kimberley O'Sullivan - Southfield Junior School
  • Really enjoyed the day, engaging and interesting. Lots of useful ideas to try
    — Gemma Hayes - Abbey Meads
  • Really helpful and enjoyable. I'm taking lots back to implement tomorrow. I already feel confident in applying things from today.
    — Beth Horn, Wroughton Federation
  • I intend to be a 'voice' at my school to try to ensure that phonics is taught/revised in KS2. I will identify phonics needs early on and work to fill gaps BEFORE children move to y3/4 spellings
    — Tracy Dangerfield - Abbey Meads Community Primary School
  • I will introduce an etymological learning look across school as it worked very well during the session to establish key gap areas amongst year groups
    — Iain Mazonowicz - Even Swindon
  • Celia and Ali were so friendly and knowledgeable and made me feel at ease.
    — Carly Chew, Lethbridge Primary

Our undergraduate course

 
 

Why it's great
For many people, a teaching career is a dream, and it should be. Teaching is an amazing profession but committing to training can be daunting. In partnership with The Learning Institute,  we offer a part-time Foundation Degree in Teaching.


How it works
Training takes places in one external 'day' (from 13:30-19:00) and 20 hours in school per week, which you can do while in, for example, a position such as Teaching Assistant. You spend two years working towards a Foundation Degree, with the option of topping this up to full degree, and PGCE after that, if desired. 


When it starts
We have two cohorts planned. January 2018 and September 2018, both of about 15 people.


How to apply
Applications are through Swindon Teaching School. There will be an information evening in November (Date to be confirmed) where you can find out more. Register your interest using the form below and we'll be in touch.


About our approach
Celia Jenkins - career changer, teacher, English specialist, Mum, is an amazing Course Leader with much experience of working with nervous or apprehensive trainees. Her approach is a perfect balance of technical instruction and emotional preparation.


More than just the course!
Teaching Futures is just one of the five divisions of Lighting up Learning and we also have strong relationships across the region and with other ITT providers. We run extra events and have access to TeachMeets, Seminars and conferences.

 
 

Our postgraduate course

Why it's great
A School Direct PGCE is the perfect way to train to be a teacher in a more immersive and professional way. Our PGCE is different: it is focussed on creating curious, creative and critical thinkers and uses Curious-city corner stones as the foundation.


When it starts
A special, selected cohort of 8 trainees starting September 2018. Interested? Register your interest using the form below.


How to apply
Applications are through The Learning Institute. There will be an information evening in October (Date to be confirmed) where you can find out more. Register your interest using the form below and we'll be in touch.

 
 

ITT providers support

We can work with trainees, Mentors or Programme Leaders to supplement or totally redesign ITT offers.

In a nutshell we could...

  • - Fill temporary lecturing posts

  • - Provide lectures, seminars and workshops on curriculum: enquiry, challenge, independence, creativity, curiosity, mastery-led learning

  • - Support trainees through intervention packages for those that might be struggling get back on track

  • - Act as visiting tutors or mentors of trainees when on school based practice

  • - Train School Based Mentors through our certified Coaching programme; Level 1 Coaching Mentor.

This is just a flavour of what we could do, so if you think we could help fill a gap or boost any areas of your programmes, just let us know.
 
Contact us - info@lightinguplearning.com   |  07912 291 640
 

Individual school support

Your trainees and NQTs need professional guidance and support to develop into skilled teachers who can progress into leadership roles at your school. We can provide anything from jetpacks to help propel your talented early career teachers forward, to lifeboats that can get those who are struggling back on track.

 
 
 

Support for trainees

 

What you want from trainee support will vary greatly depending on what stage you're at. We've been a part of everything from planning and running entire courses to speedy interventions and special skills enhancement for individual trainees. 

What stage are you at?

 

New trainees on their way


Minimum requirements
A trainee teacher needs to be observed at least three times in a year and given a VIVA. We can fulfil those requirements and offer mentoring and guidance along the way.


Best practice
In our experience, six observations are much more effective and we can provide a package that includes those as well as dedicated mentoring, individual reporting and a one-week induction, to make sure they get off to a flying start.



From £765 to £1850

Going well / going badly


The Jetpack
Trainees that are flourishing can benefit hugely from being recognised and given extra skills. There are options to suit the preference and needs of every trainee and setting.


The Lifeboat
Some trainees need more support than others early on. Our Lifeboat intervention is a three-week, intensive package of observations and action plans that can get them back on track.




From £875 depending on requirements

Potential leader emerging!


Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If you've already spotted a potential subject leader and future manager at your school, you can give them further knowledge of the area or areas in which they want to specialise, choosing from:

Science | Maths | English | Pedagogy




£175 per subject

A good start can...


Create more resilient teachers
Greatly increase wellbeing
Help people manage new challenges
Reduce staff turnover
Develop future leaders

Pricing and course details


Pricing and course content listed here is just a guideline. We're happy to have a chat about exactly what you need and give you a more accurate idea of costs, including potential discounts for committing to fuller packages up front. So get in touch and we'll see what we can do.

Discounts for MATs or groups


MATs or groups of schools can make most of these courses more cost effective by having us provide the sessions to a group of their trainees at the same time

Call 07912 291 640 or email info@lightinguplearning.com to enquire
Contact Teaching Futures Team Leader - kristian@lightinguplearning.com   |  07912 291 640

NQT support

 
 

What you need for your NQTs will depend on what stage they're at and how they're getting on. We can advise on or create a programme for you before they even start, pitch in if they struggle, boost them even further if they start well or help them get ready for the next stage of their career.

What stage are you at?

 

New NQTs on their way


Minimum requirements
Every NQT needs to undergo three half day observations, receive mentoring and guidance and be certified by an Appropriate Body, all of which we can provide.


Best practice
We've found that six observations across the year make for more time to provide genuinely helpful guidance for NQTs. Alongside this we perform assessment reviews, send individual reports and can use the extra time to spread mentoring skills around your setting.



From £765 to £1850

Going well / going badly


The Jetpack
Our Jetpack programme of Thinking Forums, teachmeets, conferences and network sessions can help flourishing NQTs reflect on their practices and develop valuable networks among colleagues.


The Lifeboat
If an NQT is struggling, intervention support with extensive reviews and reporting, three formal observations, tailored progression planning and the benefits of our own extensive experience can get them back on track



From £875 depending on requirements

Potential leader emerging!


Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If you've already spotted a potential subject leader and future manager at your school, you can give them further knowledge of the area or areas in which they want to specialise, choosing from:

Science | Maths | English | Pedagogy




£175 per subject

A good start can...


Create more resilient teachers
Greatly increase wellbeing
Help people manage new challenges
Reduce staff turnover
Develop future leaders

Pricing and course details


Pricing and course content listed here is just a guideline. We're happy to have a chat about exactly what you need and give you a more accurate idea of costs, including potential discounts for committing to fuller packages up front. So get in touch and we'll see what we can do.

Discounts for MATs or groups


MATs or groups of schools can make most of these courses more cost effective by having us provide the sessions to a group of their trainees at the same time

Call 07912 291 640 or email info@lightinguplearning.com to enquire
Contact Teaching Futures Team Leader - kristian@lightinguplearning.com   |  07912 291 640