The alliance has worked with the University of Hertfordshire to develop recruitment processes, training programmes and evaluation mechanisms for the ‘Harrow First’ School Direct programme. The inclusion of a further education college in the alliance gives a unique opportunity for trainees to develop vocational teaching skills within appropriate settings.
The alliance is developing a summer training programme, using Teach First ambassadors based in partner schools to draw out the best of that programme and tailor it to our context. We will develop training for HLTAs in supporting trainees. Reflective practice will be a major feature throughout the programme. Initially it will focus on the craft of teaching and classroom management. Towards the end of the first year, and in the trainees NQT year, there will be more emphasis on linking this practice to educational theory through action research to enable the PGCE with Masters credits to be achieved.