Our Programme Aims

web page banners11The PLS training programmes are at the very core of our vision and ethos for developing outstanding practitioners for our young people and developing our trainees as “life-long learners”.

At its core PLS has six clear goals that link to the mission statement and unique selling points.

These are:

  • Creating energy
  • Building capacity
  • Meeting and minimising crises
  • Extending the vision
  • Securing the environment
  • Seeking and charting improvement

The definition of pedagogy is still open to much debate. In the context of PLS philosophy we find the following definition very helpful:

“Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted.” (Alexander, 2003)

Working to the pedagogical model shown below, our training will incorporate and develop practical, theoretical and reflective practice through a structured programme of professional development to enable trainees to fully meet all of the Teachers’ Standards to secure Qualified Teacher Status as well as gain a full understanding of how young people learn, how school systems operate and how the schooling system feeds from one phase into another.

Our focus on key national priorities will be clear from the outset of the programme with these issues being addressed early on and remaining a thread throughout the programme.