As part of the training year, our trainees visit a primary school, a school in challenging circumstances and a special school. The visits give the trainees an insight into a setting which is very different to their current placement school.
This week, our trainees are visiting a variety of special needs schools across Essex. We will also be visiting the Progress Centre at one of our consortium schools, Mayflower High School.
We received some fantastic feedback from our trainees after the visits last year. Here are some of the comments:
"An amazing day. Very emotional, and has made me think twice about my teaching. I was at a school next to my new school and I'm in talks to do some collaborative/partnership work."
"A very informative day from an experienced and meticulously professional department. The lessons we observed were an example of best practice in action, whereby a clear routine had been established with all students, maximizing their progress. I was very impressed and dare I say surprised at just how much progress their pupils were making, especially considering their SEND needs. The opportunity to meet with LSAs was also very useful, these support staff were a model which all SEND departments should strive to emulate."
"It was an amazing experience, I am now considering working there one day a week from next year."
"A humbling personal experience, with a stimulating, supportive and relaxed atmosphere."
"Awesome children who love to smile. Gifted and talented staff."