On the basis that you are successful at interview and you accept a training place on UCAS, you can officially consider yourself to be a Trainee Teacher with Leigh Academies Trust – congratulations!

We can then support you in preparing for your training year ahead. This includes the following:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Leigh Academies Trust work closely with TES Institute to provide our trainees with Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) if they require it.  The online course will provide you with:

Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject
The ability to identify key concepts
The skills to design, present and evaluate pupil-centred lessons
Well-developed critical analysis, reflection and evaluation skills
Sound preparation for ITT
Some of the tools to become an outstanding teacher
The skills and knowledge to help your career progression
Ideas and activities that you can use in the classroom
View more information here.

Skills Tests

One of the conditions of your training place is likely to be completion of the Skills Tests.  Everyone who embarks on Teacher Training needs to do these and there is plenty of help out there.  With our Training Provider, Kent & Medway Training, we run day/twilight sessions to support you through the tests to ensure they’re passed in a timely fashion.  Detailed information can be found here.

Keep in contact with your Mentor
After your interview, both you and your Mentor will be able to exchange contact details making it easier to keep in contact.  Your contact can be as regular as both parties feel is necessary!
Arrange further dates to visit your placement academy

Familiarising yourself with the Academy you will be working in is certainly a must.  Learning your way around, where key departments are and the timetable for the school will go that one step further in making your first day easier and more comfortable.  The staff and students will already see you as a familiar face!