TKAT Teaching School Alliance

Teacher Training Overview

Course Overview

Course Structure

The TKAT Teacher Training Programme is designed in a cyclical structure to ensure that trainees have many opportunities to embed the key skills necessary to become excellent teachers and to meet the government expectations outlined in the 2012 Teachers’ Standards. Primary and Secondary trainees follow parallel programmes with some training in cross-phase groups. This includes:
  • A two week induction programme; the purpose is to provide every trainee with a foundation knowledge base and skills base to prepare them for separating into their A placement schools where they will observe good and outstanding practice in preparation for beginning teaching
  • Weekly General Professional Studies sessions. The Professional Studies programme is at the heart of the TKAT course. Trainees have specific weekly foci to prepare them in advance of each session. Professional Studies sessions will plant the pedagogical seeds of learning and provide practical strategies for use in the classroom. Lead Subject Tutors will deliver the subject specific training which has a large focus on reflective and collaborative learning. Trainees will share practical examples of applying theory to the classroom in subject and school groups
  • High quality in-school provision. Trainees will have an incrementally increasing timetable supported by the mentor and professional mentor in school. The weekly mentor sessions will ensure trainees have maximum opportunities to embed the theoretic and practical skills in their classroom and reflect upon their progress made with experienced, professional guidance
  • An emphasis on reflective practice. Trainees complete a weekly journal to log their learning journey throughout the course. Journals will reflect on all aspects of the programme including: weekly teaching plans and reflections; mentoring advice and target-setting; personal reflections and action plans. Trainees are encourage to develop a deeper pedagogic understanding through monthly reading reflections
  • Access to good and outstanding practitioners in a range of contexts. All trainees will have a 6 week Placement B in the Spring term. This will be in a contrasting school to the placement A school. In addition, there are opportunities to visit and observe in other contexts such a primary visits for secondary trainees (and vice versa).
We aim for a bespoke approach, coupled with an excellent level of support and challenge, to ensure that as trainees complete the year they are well on the way to being consistently outstanding teachers themselves.
TKAT believes that every trainee should have a firm basis on which to develop their career as future leaders in schools. Our teacher training programme feeds directly into TKAT schools’ CPD programme enabling those who go on to teach in our schools are already on the ladder to success


The award of QTS is based on cycle of continuous assessment throughout the course and a final assessment point in June. Trainees will have a weekly formal observation which will identify key strengths and areas for development. Progress reports are completed in schools at 5 key assessment points throughout the year, based on all available evidence. At each assessment point, trainees will submit ‘evidence bundles’ to demonstrate how they are developing their own practice making an impact on pupil progress .
PGCE assignments are set and assessed by the University of Brighton. The PGCE in Evidence Informed Practice aims to develop critical reflective skills through 2 assignments carrying a total of 60 Masters credits.

Support for Trainees

We recognise that your work as a beginner teacher is as demanding as it is exciting. We pride ourselves on working closely with our partner schools to ensure that you are supported on your journey to being an outstanding teacher, through developing an individual action plan and providing expert guidance from mentors, professional mentors and SCITT tutors. We know that trainees will have individual needs and we will endeavour to ensure that these are met.

A Valued Partnership

We have a strong and growing network of primary and secondary partner schools across TKAT (The Kemnal Academies Trust) and also a small number of non-TKAT schools.
We are confident that our partner schools offer extensive experience in supporting, coaching and mentoring trainee teachers and their mentors and we secure this through a clear partnership agreement, a thorough quality assurance process and most importantly a constructive ongoing dialogue between partners. Our partners contribute to the recruitment, selection, training and assessment of trainee teachers, including via the School Experience Programme.
If your school is interested in becoming a partner with the TKAT SCITT we ask that the Headteacher contacts Louise Clarke, Head of SCITT or Jo Fogg, Course Administrator on 020 3740 1808 Option 4 for an initial discussion or email
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