The WRA Trainee Experience

The White Rose Alliance provide School Direct (unsalaried) courses which commence each September & finish in June. The courses are primarily school-based through 2 placements usually in WRA partner schools, but on occasions it may be necessary for a placement to be arranged in a non-WRA partner school. The school-based training is complimented by weekly university sessions (attendance compulsory) to support trainees´ academic study. Additionally trainees attend weekly Professional Studies sessions held at King James´s School in Knaresborough every Wednesday morning until March, to support & underpin their development. In addition to development of classroom skills, trainees are required to complete university assignments requiring the ability to write at Masters level.

Being in school & the classroom setting from the start of the course means that trainees begin development of their classroom skills immediately, Trainees will start with observation of lessons, move on to delivery of starters/plenaries, team teaching & part lessons before eventually delivering whole lessons as & when the time is right for each individual.

We purposely remain a smaller provider & limit our cohort numbers. This enables us know each trainee as an individual & provide the most appropriate support & environment for them to develop to their full potential. We are also very fortunate to have had cohorts containing a good mix of recent graduates, those who have had a gap year or have been in employment for a short while after graduating & those looking to change career after a significant time in employment. All bring a wealth of different experiences, knowledge & dynamics to the group.  

Trainees are assigned their own experienced department subject mentor in their placement schools who will provide support through regular weekly meetings to discuss progress, offer advice & guidance & set targets. Trainees also have additional support from a university link tutor. WRA & university staff oversee trainee progress & make quality assurance visits to placement schools during each placement.

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