During the Secondary School Direct ITT year, trainees will have experience in Key Stage 3 (years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (years 10-11) and in some schools Key Stage 5 (years 12-13).

During the interview process with RTA, there will be the opportunity to discuss whether you wish to teach Key Stage 5 or if you would prefer to focus on Key Stages 3 and 4. It is a requirement to have taught a minimum of two key stages in your training year.

Another requirement of the course is that trainees complete two days in a primary school. This provides trainees with an invaluable insight into the importance of transition from primary to secondary. Trainees will also be allocated a tutor group where they will gain an understanding of the importance of the pastoral role in education. 

How will I be supported during the year?

The year is designed to help trainees build up to the equivalent teaching requirements of a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Trainees receive information on teaching percentages to work towards at the end of each term along with information about university tasks or assignments.

In a placement (both base school and second school), trainees will have a mentor. The mentor is there for day-to-day support, help with planning and suggestions for university tasks, answering any questions that may arise during the year and will conduct regular observations and provide structured feedback. Trainees will also be provided with a University Link Tutor who will conduct visits during the year and provide feedback and support. Furthermore, trainees will have access to the ITT Coordinators from the RTA who will conduct two visits a year and be available to answer questions and provide support where needed.

Where will my placement schools be?

We work with a range of schools across Rutland and into neighbouring counties. Schools available each year tend to vary as staffing structures in schools can change, however we can usually place trainees in their preferred choice of school.

If you have any further questions relating to potential school placements, please direct these to our Secondary ITT Coordinator, Simon Parker (simon.parker@rutlandta.com).

Working across a range of schools and trusts means that our trainees can secure employment within these should they choose to stay in Rutland following completion of the course.