A Year in the Life of a DPSCITT Trainee


September: Time to get to know the children and adults in your school and to consider the kind of teacher that you want to be! Key themes of the Course are introduced at a 3 day residential, where you’ll make new friends, get an overview of the course and start to build supportive relationships with the other trainees and the course tutors. "A key strength of the course was the strong support from the students and the team at DPSCITT. This started right at the beginning with the residential" Former Trainee

October: Working alongside your class teacher, you’ll develop confidence in meeting the needs of individual children and specific groups. Focused school-based tasks and assignments are supported by interactive training sessions with the other trainees. These will help you to develop your subject knowledge, teaching strategies and understanding of how children learn best.

Elburton (55 of 160)

November: After your inspiring training sessions in the core subjects and key aspects of teaching and learning, you’ll be ready for your First Teaching Practice! Your class teacher will help you to plan effective learning sequences and you’ll receive individual coaching on your developing practice from experienced school staff and the course tutors.

December: Time to finish your Inclusion Assignment and participate in practical training sessions in some of the more creative aspects of the curriculum, including Art, DT, PE, Music and Drama. A visit to your second placement school helps you to prepare for this, and discuss your Maths Assignment, before celebrating with others at the Trainee Christmas Meal!

Music 2

Elburton (46 of 160)

January: A new school and class! Whether this is in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or a SEND setting, your first priority will be to settle in and build positive relationships with the children and staff. Further central and school-based training prepares you for your Second Teaching Practice, where you’ll be supported to plan and teach the core subjects and PE, and receive further individual coaching.

February: Half way through the Course and time to think about applying for a job for September! You’ll receive support in writing your letter of application and attending interviews, where you’ll be surprised how much experience you already have to draw on! After your Teaching Practice, and Maths Assignment, there’s further training in the Foundation Subjects, a visit to a mosque and time to work with children for whom English is an Additional Language paperwork
DT day 4

March: You’re now ready for the Integrated Project – an opportunity for you to be really creative and showcase your talents by planning and teaching an exciting cross-curricular project for you and your children to enjoy! A meeting with the tutors from both your placement schools allows you to review your progress and plan for your final term together.

April: Back to your first placement school to see how much the children (and you!) have learned. Some more training in the core subjects and other aspects such as social, emotional and mental health interventions. Optional cricket training and Philosophy for Children sessions are always well attended. Time to complete your English Assignment and prepare for the Final Teaching Practice.

reading story

May: In your Final Teaching Practice, you’ll really feel like the class teacher! There will still be focused support, but you’ll experience teaching all subjects, get involved in planning trips, supporting extra-curricular clubs, parents evenings and other whole school events. The individual coaching you receive will really help you to refine your ideas about the kind of teacher you want to become.

June: You are immersed in your Final Teaching Practice, doing the job you want to do, seeing the children make progress and enjoying getting involved in whole school events, such as Sports Day. However, you’ll also enjoy meeting up with the other trainees for some outdoor learning at a centre on the edge of Dartmoor.

tug of war

graduation outside

July: After your Final Teaching Practice, you have the opportunity to spend a week in the school where you’ve secured a job for next year. This gives you a great head start in September as you’ve had time to get to know the people and policies of your school. Then it’s back for some broader experience in your placement school before celebrating your graduation. Congratulations – you are now a teacher!

August: A well-earned rest before you start your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. The journey continues, but we stay in touch and many NQTs enjoy participating with others on our NQT Course.

trainees girls