Primary and Early Years partnerships

ITE Curriculum

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

Assessing Associate Teachers: 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 Associate Teachers' teaching should be formatively assessed in relation to our ITE Curriculum Themes as outlined below:

BCU ITE Curriculum Key Themes
A. Associate Teachers use critical enquiry and research informed practice to develop their understanding of effective teaching and learning.
B. Associate Teacher’s classroom practice establishes effective behaviour management using high  expectations and awareness of pupil wellbeing.
C. Associate Teacher knows more, remembers more and applies subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy to impact on pupils’ progress.
D. Associate Teacher uses knowledge about how pupils learn to plan and assess learning to ensure that all pupils make progress.
E. Associate Teachers implements effective adaptive teaching approaches to support all learners' needs, including SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and EAL (English as Additional Language) learners. 
F. Associate Teacher demonstrates professional behaviours and contributes 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 Associate Teachers 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 Associate Teacher, mentor and pupils. 
Guidance on how to provide formative assessments are provided within your School Based Training Mentor Guidance PGCE-BAQTS 2023-24  and the Associate Teachers' Progress Journals.

Associate Teachers who are assessed as achieving all Teachers’ Standards in at least 'Working at' 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 documents below, which identifies all our ITE Curriculum Themes and Priorities and how this is delivered as part of a robust and ambitious spiral curriculum.

BAQTS Primary and Early Years Curriculum 2023-24

Click on the link to access BAQTS Primary and Early Years Curriculum 2023-24  

PGCE Primary and Early Years Curriculum 2023-24

Click on the link to access the PGCE Primary and Early Years Curriculum  

Overview for Mentors to understand our BCU ITE Curriculum

Access an overview of the BCU ITE Curriculum (support materials)  

Assessment Tracker 2023-24

BCU ITE Assessment Tracker 2023-24

Subject Specific Prompts

To support lesson observation feedback and setting targets. Please click on the relevant subject link below:

Art and Design Subject Prompts Computing Subject Prompts Design and Technology Subject Prompts
Early Years Subject Prompts English Subject Prompts Languages Subject Prompts
Geography Subject Prompts History Subject Prompts Mathematics Subject Prompts
Music Subject Prompts Physical Education Subject Prompts PSHE Subject Prompts
Religious Education Subject Prompts Science Subject Prompts

Giving effective feedback: Use the observation forms and exemplars below to support. Subject Specific prompts (above) will support you with giving subject specific feedback. 

For feedback on core and foundation subjects use:  Lesson Observation Feedback Form Maths Lesson Observation Feedback Example 

English Lesson Observation Feedback Example

Foreign Languages Feedback Example

History Lesson Observation Feedback Example

Music Lesson Observation Feedback Example

Physical Education Feedback Observation Example

Religious Education Lesson Observation Feedback Example
For feedback on Systematic Synthetic Phonics use:  Systematic Synthetic Phonics Lesson Observation Form Phonics Observation Feedback Example
Feedback for Associate Teachers' working in an SEN setting  Lesson Observation Feedback Form SEND Lesson Observation Feedback Example

ITT Core Content Framework - DfE 2019

Associate Teacher Code of Conduct