Trainee teachers “go Dutch” in enhanced international placement

Trainee teachers from our 2016/17 School Direct programme have just returned from their unique enhanced international placement in The Netherlands, with Zwolle UniversityIn the week-long placement, the group of 17 future primary school teachers spent time at Zwolle University, observed lessons in local schools and had the opportunity to network with fellow trainee teachers from other European countries.

The trainee teachers were joined on the trip by Gill Latos and Linda Jones from BTSA and Joanne Baines from The University of Derby.

A unique trainee teacher experience

Linda Jones, Deputy Director for School Direct at BTSA, said: “The enhanced international placement in The Netherlands is an annual feature of our School Direct programme. It’s unique – we don’t know of anywhere else in England offering this kind of international opportunity for trainee teachers. It’s a great opportunity for the trainees to broaden their knowledge and develop their teaching skills.”

“Observing how classes are taught in The Netherlands and experiencing first-hand what the differences and similarities between the two systems are has been invaluable for our trainees. It’s an opportunity to learn from our hosts and share ideas, and vice versa.”

Educational leaders from Zwolle University traveled to Stoke-on-Trent to visit the teaching school and The St. Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust in November. During the School Direct visit this year, Linda spotted a familiar display in one of the Dutch schools.

The “Wall of Wonderment” – a display where our trainee teachers document their teaching highlights and “WOW Moments” over the course of the programme – was an idea imported by The Netherlands (pictures below). Fantastic work!

Interested in our School Direct programme?

We still have places on our School Direct programme starting September 2017.

We are accepting applications and are looking to interview candidates as soon as possible.

Our School Direct teacher training programme is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession. School Direct is a new route into teaching that places the school based programme at the heart of the experience.

We have a proven track record:

  • 100% of 2015 School Direct trainees rated as good or outstanding
  • 100% of trainees in NQT posts following completion for the third year running

On our programme you’ll also have the unique opportunity for an enhanced international placement in Holland.

You can apply for our School Direct programme via The UCAS Portal, by searching for Britannia Teaching School Alliance.

See full details and application information for our School Direct programme here.

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