We are very proud to share that our Exeter Consortium Primary Initial Teacher Training Lead, Dawn Chapman and the South West Teacher Training (SWTT) team, Chloe Fox and Carrie McMillan, presented at the National Association for School Based Teacher Training (NASBTT) annual conference this November.
Exeter Consortium runs a successful Primary Initial Teacher Training Programme in partnership with SWTT and offers a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training experience with a programme which is entirely practitioner-led. Its course is designed and run by the schools and teachers from within its partnership. NASBTT is a registered charity which represents the interests of schools-led teacher training provision in relation to the development and implementation of national policy developments.
Chloe, Associated Senior Leader, Assistant lead and Subject Course Tutor for SWTT explained “the session we provided showcased our work on mentoring with deliberate practice. The team have made instructional targets the heart of their coaching, raising standards in teacher training and therefore in the experiences of children in our schools.
The session was well-received with many comments from delegates on the ‘smart working practices’ and ‘fascinating grounded approach to empowering mentors.’
Dawn described how the work on mentoring developed from the curriculum redesign which had taken place prior to the team’s successful Ofsted in May 2021 which recognised that the programmes were well sequenced and ensured that trainees built subject knowledge over time. Dawn explained, “we wanted the ITT curriculum to be mirrored in the targets being set for trainees by their mentors but didn’t want to overload our busy teachers.” SWTT Lead Carrie added, “our teacher training mentors are important to us, so it was fantastic to share the excellent work they’re doing at a national level. We hope this work will help make teacher training more efficient and powerful for all concerned”
Chloe said, “since the conference we have been happy to respond to requests for support from other providers and will enjoy building these partnerships and feeding into the national framework for Initial Teacher Training.”