Early Career Teacher Provision

At Horizon Community College, we are passionate and committed to training the next generation of teachers. We have a rigorous programme of support in place, underpinned by the Early Career Framework and led by a dedicated team of staff, that ensures that Early Career Teachers are supported and developed into highly effective practitioners.

We offer
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • MFL
through Schools Direct ITE placements

Schools Direct

The Offer

We are excited to be working with Tykes TSA and Sheffield Hallam University in offering Schools Direct ITE placements at Horizon in the following subjects for 2020-21

History

Built around collaboration and support, the History Department at Horizon provides a fantastic environment in which to train. Our aim is to equip our students with powerful historical knowledge whilst challenging them to grapple with history’s contradictions and controversies. To do this, we embed research-based pedagogy with the contemporary thinking of professional historians in our teaching. We provide opportunities for students to visit historical sites in both Britain and Europe and embrace the chance to engage with providers such as the Holocaust Education Trust. We have an excellent track record for supporting and developing Early Career Teachers, so if you have the skills, enthusiasm and resilience needed to develop the next generation of historians, we need you!

Science

Located in a suite of state of the art, fully resourced labs, the Science Department at Horizon offers a fantastic environment in which to begin your teaching journey. In total we have 7 full Science labs, 6 STEM rooms and one electronics room – all of which are maintained and resourced by two experienced lab technicians. Our schemes of learning aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills and mindset that will enable them to succeed to potential in their Science GCSEs and prosper in post-16 opportunities beyond this. We provide many opportunities for students to visit places of significant scientific interest in both Britain and Europe, and our dedicated STEM lead is currently planning a trip to CERN in Geneva for some of our keenest scientists. The Department has a wealth of experience in developing early career teachers, so why not come and join this excellent team!

Maths

The Mathematics Department at Horizon is absolutely committed to our vision of teaching maths for understanding. Our commitment to ongoing professional development is evident in our research driven CPD offer. We also have a strong track record of developing our trainees, with high quality mentoring and a wealth of opportunities for further career development within the Department. We create high quality schemes of learning to support all staff, focussing on full curriculum coverage and, in partnership with our feeder primary schools, ensure a purposeful and challenging transition for students from KS2 to KS3. We also offer a rich variety of enrichment opportunities, such as Further Maths, UKMT and Pop maths, to help foster our students love of numbers. If you share a similar passion for the subject as we do, then please get in touch!

English

At Horizon, an English teacher is someone with a fierce love of their subject, who is talented, motivated and can inspire students to achieve their full potential. We have a splendidly diverse mix of experience and talent within a large team of staff who are enthusiastic about innovation, collaborative in their working practices and committed to raising standards. A particular benefit for staff that are new to the profession is the individually tailored support they will receive within the department from English colleagues with designated mentoring responsibilities. As part of this dynamic and successful team, you should therefore be committed to achieving the highest standards and possess the creativity to maximise the use of our state-of-the-art resources and facilities. We are proud of what we have achieved at Horizon thus far, but we firmly believe that the best is yet to come: we invite you to play your role in that journey!

Geography

Ensuring students understand the world in which they live lies at the heart of the Geography Department at Horizon. The future of our planet has never been more at risk and so our aim is to equip students with geographical knowledge, whilst enabling them to understand the wider consequences of mankind’s actions on the planet and human environments. We also provide students with the opportunity to experience geography in action in the UK, further enhancing their skills and knowledge. We have an excellent track record of developing and supporting our trainees within the department so, if you have the enthusiasm to equip future geographers with the tools they need to shape the future of our planet, come and join our team!

MFL

Dedicated to providing all students with a broad and exciting language curriculum, the Modern Foreign Language Department at Horizon is committed to designing and delivering lessons covering a range of cultural topics and linguistic structures to the highest level. We believe in nurturing a love of both the language studied and the world that surrounds this, enabling our students to benefit from the transferable skills that language learning offers. Our team offers a unique opportunity for passionate aspiring teachers to develop their teaching craft through a breadth of experience and teaching styles. We provide excellent mentoring and CPD to our Early Career Teachers whilst offering opportunities for individuals to lead their own initiatives. So, if you have the same drive and enthusiasm as us, come and join this fantastic team.

As a trainee teacher at Horizon, you can expect the following provision:
• A timetable compliant with your HEI provider’s requirements
• Support from a dedicated team of experienced teachers
• An experienced subject mentor
• A one-hour weekly meeting with your mentor
• Regular drop-ins and learning walks to support your development
• Weekly CPD opportunities which follow your HEI provider’s requirements and the Early Career Framework Standards.
• The opportunity to observe experienced staff from within and outside your subject area.
• A complimentary meal for all Schools Direct trainees in the first Half Term.
• A range of developmental opportunities such as Teach Meets, shadowing a Learning Support Assistant for a day, peer observations focusing only on what you’re doing well and working with our Careers and Enterprise team.

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    Are you looking to secure your first teaching post as an NQT?

    Whether continuing at Horizon after gaining your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with us or just starting out, you will find the following support will be on offer as an NQT:
    • 10% reduction in timetable (20 lessons per week).
    • Support from a dedicated team of experienced teachers.
    • An experienced subject mentor.
    • A one-hour weekly meeting with your mentor.
    • Regular drop-ins, learning walks to support your development.
    • A 30-minute observation per half term with a class of your choosing.
    • Weekly CPD opportunities which are underpinned by the Early Career Framework and current educational thinking.
    • The opportunity to observe experienced staff from within and outside your subject area.
    • A special “Intro CPD” event in the first fortnight designed to get you up to speed on Horizon specific teaching and learning strategies.
    • A complimentary meal for all NQTs in the first Half Term.
    • A range of developmental opportunities such as Teach Meets, Department Bingo and peer observations focusing only on what you’re doing well.
    • Support with an NQT project in the 2nd and 3rd term which allows you self-direct your CPD and focus on a specific area of your classroom practice.

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    Are you looking to move schools for your RQT year?

    At Horizon we are committed to maintaining your support and development as you enter the final year as an Early Career Teacher. You can expect the following provision moving forward:
    • Support from a dedicated team of experienced teachers.
    • An experienced subject coach.
    • A meeting every 4 weeks with your coach where you will set short term targets, that can be worked upon and actioned before the next meeting.
    • Regular drop-ins and learning walks to support your development.
    • Regular CPD opportunities which are underpinned by the Early Career Framework and current educational thinking.
    • A range of developmental opportunities such as Teach Meets, peer observations focusing only on what you’re doing well and supporting ITTs and NQTs as “buddies.”
    • Support with an RQT project in the 2nd and 3rd term which allows you to develop your role as a leader and self-direct your CPD to focus on a specific area of development across your Department.

Teacher Testimonials

Teach First

We are proud to be a host school for the Teach First Leadership Development Pathway (LDP), supporting and developing colleagues through the first two years of their teaching careers, and beyond.
Every year in the summer term we also support new Teach First trainees during their initial School Centred Learning which forms part of their Summer Institute, which builds up to their LDP training position commencing in September.

HEI Providers

Partners & Links

We work closely with the following Higher Education Institution Providers in offering placements to trainees following the different routes training routes offered: