School Direct Course Content

Induction Day

Trainees will be invited to an induction day during the summer term, prior to the commencement of the course.  This is a valuable opportunity for trainees to meet the School Direct Team, fellow trainees and to learn about the training in detail.

Trainees will be given detailed information regarding the training schedule for the year. 


Course Content

Professional Learning Days

These are whole day sessions where the basics of teaching and learning are presented and good practice shared. Training takes place at our dedicated training facility at Ashdown House in Sittingbourne, and is delivered by our own expert staff who have been accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University. These sessions cover topics such as Lesson Planning, Behaviour Management, AEN and Inclusion and Theories of Learning.

Subject Days

Trainees are also released to attend fifteen Curriculum Days delivered at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Pedagogy in Practice

These are weekly half day sessions where the practical implications of theories presented during the Professional Learning Days are further explored.

Wider Developing Practice

These are specific tasks that are completed at set times to reinforce and practise what is taught during the Professional Learning Days and the Pedagogy in Practice sessions.

Wider Professional Practice

A four week contrasting placement will be arranged for each trainee.  In addition, an alternative stage placement of one week's duration is arranged.  Visits to other schools can be set up to provide wider experience.