Primary and Early Years partnerships

Our ITE curriculum

Our ITE curriculum is compliant with the ITT Core Curriculum Framework (DfE, 2019)

Assessing trainees: important considerations

The key factor in judging the quality of teaching over time is the impact teaching has on the quality of learning of pupils and the progress they make.

Primary and Early Years trainees’ teaching should be formatively assessed in relation to our ITE Curriculum Themes:

  • How trainees use critical enquiry and research informed practice to develop their understanding of effective teaching and learning.
  • How classroom practice establishes effective behaviour management through the use of high expectations and awareness of pupil wellbeing.
  • How trainees knowledge and understanding of the curriculum, subject knowledge, pedagogy and how pupils learn impact on pupils’ progress and wellbeing.
  • How trainees plan and assess learning to ensure that all pupils make progress.
  • How trainees implement effective adaptive teaching approaches to support all learners, including SEND and EAL learners.
  • How trainees have developed professional behaviours and contribute effectively to the wider life of the school.

The Teachers’ Standards provide an end-point assessment for qualified teacher status (QTS). All aspects of the Teachers' Standards are embedded in our ITE Curriculum, but are not overtly assessed until the end of the course when the trainees are considered for QTS.

When making this judgement a full range of evidence should be utilised, including:

  • Curriculum documents, planning and assessment records, pupils’ work
  • Professional discussions with the trainee teacher, mentor and pupils.
Guidance on how to provide formative assessments are provided within your Mentor Handbook and the trainees' Progress Journals.

Trainees who are assessed as achieving all Teachers’ Standards in at least the Establishing Column, and are judged to be meeting Part 2 of the Teachers' Standards consistently, will be considered to be on track to be recommended for the award of QTS.

You can review the underpinning structure and principles of our BCU ITE Curriculum in the document below, which identifies all our ITE Curriculum Themes and Priorities and how this is delivered as part of a robust and ambitious spiral curriculum.

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS curriculum booklet

PGCE Primary and Early Years curriculum booklet

ITE Tracker

BCU Themes linked to CCF

BCU ITE Curriculum: A Spiral Curriculum

ITT Core Content Framework - DfE 2019

BCU ITE Trainee Teacher Code of Conduct