TSA Update September 2017

Initial Teacher Training

A huge welcome to our new cohort of 20 trainees for 2017/18. Our trainees will be with us until June and complete two placements in that time in one of schools within our TSA. To get a flavour of what it’s like to train at an RSA school through the TSA, here’s what some of our trainees from last year said about the programme:

“Completing my teacher training through the RSA School Direct route was the best decision I could have made for my career in education. The support I have received, from applying to completing the course, has been excellent. Both my subject and professional mentor have been there for me from day one, and have helped me to grow into a confident teacher. Training with the RSA has given me access to unlimited resources, in particular the specialist knowledge and guidance from experienced teachers.”

“Training with RSA Academy this year (2016/2017) has been an invaluable experience. The provision for training has been exceptional, helping us to develop our skills in theory and practice. I have not only developed my teaching and learning strategies, I have grown as a person. This I believe has been down to the inspiring and specialist teachers giving their training and advice.”

“The best thing I can say about this course is current experts in teaching deliver it. Training sessions on Monday’s, whichever of the RSA Academies they were in, were enjoyable, challenging and up to date. More importantly, they were delivered with a level of trust and respect that could only be gained from listening to someone who works in our challenging but fantastic schools.”

ITE Design Thinking Module

In line with our distinctive approach to ITE, last year the TSA piloted a module in Design Thinking as an approach to a research project the trainees would each have to do. Six sessions were run in total: an introductory session with RSA Academies where we introduced the trainees to the concept of design thinking and explained what they would need to do for their research project, with the next two sessions concentrating on refining ideas for the research and project planning and the last two about presenting the research. This was done at Birmingham City University, our partner University, culminating in the trainees reporting on their research and what they have learnt through a presentation. The pilot was a great success and we will be running a slightly modified version of it with our trainees this year. Thank you to RSA Fellow Greg Klerx for developing and leading the sessions and Sevra Davis, Head of Design at the RSA, for supporting the development of the module.

If you would like to find out more about ITT with the RSAA Teaching School Alliance, pleas email Teresa Wilson and for all other enquires, please email Matthew Purslow.