Hosting a trainee
Teacher training would not be possible without school placements. School placements allow trainee teachers to get a variety of experience to enable them to:
- Meet all the teachers’ standards
- Achieve qualified teacher status (QTS)
By providing school placements, schools enable the pipeline of new teachers to the profession. This may also provide an opportunity for schools to identify talent for their own school recruitment needs.
Most trainees undertake a fee-funded ITT course. This means that your school does not have to pay the trainee during their placement. Only trainees on salaried routes or apprenticeships need to be paid while in school. For the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship and school direct (salaried) route, DfE offers grant funding to contribute to the trainee’s salary and training costs in certain subjects. This is paid to the ITT provider, and they are responsible for ensuring that all funding designated to support salary costs reaches the employing school.
Overview of school placements
ITT trainees must complete at least 2 school placements over 24 weeks. They need to:
- Teach children and young people:
- In their specified age range
- From different backgrounds
- Gain experience of different approaches to:
- School organisation
While on placement, trainees should spend a minimum of 15 hours per week in a classroom setting. This could include:
ITT courses must enable trainees to experience teacher contact time at 80% of a full teaching timetable (as is typically defined in the school where the placement is taking place) for 6 weeks during their school placements.
Placements take place at different times during the school year. They typically last between half a term and a term in length. Your ITT provider will discuss the different placement options with your school.
Placement schools also provide the trainee with a school-based mentor to support their learning and development, who can spend at least 1.5 hours with their trainee per week. Each school-based mentor must complete up to 20 hours of initial mentor training with an accredited ITT provider, time for which you can claim funding at the end of the school year.
During the ITT placement
Every trainee will receive 1.5 hours per week of mentoring support. This is to ensure that a trainee's in-school, practical experiences are coherent with the training curriculum.
Mentors have a critical role in providing trainees with feedback on a particular approach. Mentors should use evidence to provide a structured process for improving the trainee’s practice and understanding of key concepts.
Your ITT provider will allocate a lead mentor to support the delivery of their ITT course. The role of a lead mentor is to:
- Support and train school-based mentors
- Supervise school-based mentors
- Make sure all trainees are receiving sufficient mentoring and support during their placements
- Check placements align with their trainee curriculum and the ITT core content framework.