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 in WRA partner schools) & complimented by weekly university sessions (attendance compulsory) to support trainees´ academic study. Additionally trainees are required to 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.

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.

In terms of the number of trainees, the WRA prefers to remain a small, enabling us to know each trainee & their particular needs, & provide the most appropriate environment & support in order for them to develop to their full potential.


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