Initial teacher education and school based training
The University is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Consistently high achieving in Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables we are recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers and graduate employability is amongst the highest in the country.
We are also in partnership with several hundred early years, primary and secondary settings.
Successful completion of Initial Teacher Education programmes leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
Strong partnership connections
Our 2013-14 Ofsted report highlighted the value we place in partnership. Key strengths are:
- 'the communication between the partnership and the large number of partner schools which is very effective. Schools are kept well informed about school experience placements and training opportunities provided by the University.' (Primary)
- 'the clear lines of communication and full engagement of all those involved in the partnership.' (Secondary)
Our partnership colleagues are involved in all aspects of ITE:
These all contribute to central based training and strategic planning as part of our Partnership Advisory Group.
This has helped establish a shared commitment and vision for ITE between the University Of Hertfordshire and our partners.
School based training
Our Initial Teacher Education courses are reliant on the school based training in our partnership schools.
The process of mentoring a student provides many advantages for teachers, such as networking with colleagues, a fresh eye, self-questioning, and thus reinforcement of their own practice.
We support teachers through a supply-paid mentor training event prior to all placement periods, which normally provides differentiated training for New or Established mentors.
Also all of our students receive at least three visits from a lecturer to supervise their work in partnership with the teacher mentor. These placement supervisors have hundreds of years experience between them, often as head teachers.
All schools have signed up to our partnership agreement and we are always glad to hear from new schools wishing to join our partnership.
Our students, when on placement, adhere to our Code of Professional Conduct for Trainees . We provide a sample initial teaching training policy to give our schools a starting point when preparing to mentor our students, though we recognise that most schools will have policies of their own.
Students are assigned to placements according to a Policy which aims to ensure fairness and a mix of teaching experiences.
Documents and Resources for Teacher Mentors
The combined placement documentation is a detailed pack which includes copies of all the information given to the students.
The Placement Milestone Notes are detailed descriptions of the stages the mentor and trainee go through together to run a successful placement. They are specific to each course and placement period.
Forms for Teacher Mentors
There are forms for the teacher mentors to complete in the course of the placement. These forms are also included in the placement documentation packs. We have kept them as simple as possible.
For the majority of students these will be available for completion on line via a separate e-portfolio site. Log in details will be provided to all Teacher Mentors following their student's arrival in school.