Key Features

Key features of Intensive Training and Practice (ITaPs)

The key features of ITaPs include:

  • An introduction to the aspect of practice with an examination and critical analysis of the evidence base underpinning it
  • Observations of examples in practice via video or live practice in local schools on University days
  • Opportunities for trainees to plan and practise in a low stakes (possibly simulated) environment
  • Opportunities for trainees to practise in a live classroom context
  • Expert feedback on, and critical analysis of, the trainee practice, in both contexts – this will include deconstruction of both positive features and areas for further development
  • It will also include discussion about the implications of this for future individual trainee planning, teaching, focused feedback, and reflection
  • Opportunities to apply the aspect of practice in the near future and beyond in multiple contexts and practice situations
  • The improvement in practice will be something that trainees will continue to benefit from in the long-term

This final point is key in considering what good practice looks like. The purpose is to have a positive sustained impact on practice that is transferrable to a range of contexts.

How Intensive Training and Practice is different from the rest of the ITT curriculum and school placements?

Intensive Training and Practice should focus tightly on specific, foundational, or pivotal areas of the ITT curriculum linked to local need. It is an opportunity for careful sequencing of content, so that it is clear why each successive focus for ITAP has been chosen, including how it builds on content previously covered and prepares for the next stages in the training programme.

Trainees experience a minimum of 4 weeks of the Intensive Training and Practice element (postgraduate ITT), is additional to the 120 days spent on general school placements. It does not need to be delivered in a single block. ITAP should be located at suitable points to ensure maximum impact on trainees’ progress. The sessions and days will be staggered across the academic year.