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Welcome to Finham Park Training School.
Finham Park continues to build on our work as a national Training School (2004-2010).
We work with several local universities to provide placements for around 30 trainee teachers each year. This usually takes place in two sections, firstly a short placement in the Autumn term and the longer second placement which stretches across the Spring and Summer terms.
We are a lead school for the School Direct teacher training route and work with the University of Warwick and schools in the West of Coventry to recruit new teachers into the profession.
A particular strength of the school is the research based CPD programme. All teachers are involved in TaLK groups focusing on sharing next and best practice. In 2013 we hosted Teachmeet Cov with people coming from across the region to discuss Teaching and Learning. We are also engaged with parTnership pLus, a group of about forty schools across Coventry and Warwickshire who share CPD opportunities including 'lesson observations for real' led by Ofsted inspectors. This continual process of reflection on classroom practice allows us to be sure that students receive high quality teaching that enables high quality learning to take place.
During 2012-13 we were able to offer placements for a range of training purposes these included;
All requests for placements are coordinated through the Training School office and not directly with subject staff. This allows us to provide a specific training programme for your needs.
Please contact Denise Reader for information.
We work in partnership with a number of ITT providers including the University of Warwick, University of Coventry, University of Birmingham, and Loughborough University. All of our mentors receive regular training and work closely with Training School staff and ITT providers.
Those wishing to undertake placements with us will be required bring photo ID and documentation with confirmation of address For those who are interested in an initial experience in teaching, we would encourage you to explore the website first.
Finham Park takes an active role in parTnership pLus. This is a group of nearly 40 schools across Coventry and Warwickhire who come together to focus on Teaching and Learning. A CPD programme is offered in schools across the partnership throughout the year. Highlights include 'lesson observations for real' and the Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Warwick.
Lesson observations for real allow up to about a hundred staff to watch a live lesson and then be involved in feedback discussions. Feedback is often led by a HMI inspector or academic specialist.
We work alongside the local authority to provide support for NQTs and RQTs. Sessions include:
We are part of two Teaching School Alliances, Swan Alliance (Frederick Bird School, Coventry) and Griffin Alliance (Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby). These schools are both centres of excellence for teaching and learning and offer high quality support and CPD to schools in the region. We work with Griffin Alliance (Leadership Live) to deliver the National Professional Qualifications for Leadership. We also co-facilitate the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) with the Swan Alliance.
Within the Training School we have a large classroom with interactive whiteboard and ICT provision. This is accessible for all trainee teachers and teaching staff to use. The classroom also has an observatory which allows for the room to be observed without disruption. We also have the facility to film and record lessons that take place in the classroom.
This has proved a very valuable tool for teacher training. We have used the facilities in a number of ways. These include;
Parental permission is gained each year and the recordings are used only for Training purposes.
We would like to invite other school to use the Training facilities and we have worked successfully with the University of Warwick, Westwood School and Kingshurst CTC in the past.
Director of Training School:
SLE for CPD and Teaching and Learning/Lead Coordinator for School Direct/NCTL facilitator
Mrs J Brake
Whole School Teaching and Learning Adviser:
SLE for History and Teaching and Learning/ OFP
Dr E Pyne
Training School Administrator:
Mrs D Reader