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Trainee Tracking Document (LJMU ITT TRACKER)

Trainees should be proactively engaged in their own development. They should be increasingly more confident and competent at evaluating and reflecting on their professional development and practice.

'Exceptional' trainees will show characteristics of actively seeking mentor's advice and guidance, and are able to successfully monitor their own progress and development.

What is the Purpose of the LJMU ITT Tracker?

The LJMU ITT Tracker contains descriptors for each standard. It also contains audit pages where trainees log evidence to support the evaluation of their progress. The descriptors are designed to provide a minimum expectation (benchmark) in the assessment of trainees against the Teachers’ Standards and are intended to promote parity across the LJMU partnership.

The LJMU ITT Tracker allows trainees to reflect upon their progress towards each of the Teachers’ Standards for QTS as they progress through each phase of their training programme;

The LJMU ITT Trainee Tracker is designed to be used 'formatively' by trainees and their ITT Mentor to track their progress in and across the Phases, signalling where they are at 'that moment in time', in the context of the setting, and as a result of the training opportunities available. It is also used summatively to benchmark progress at key points in each phase.

Trainees will need to:

  • set targets prior to placement, in discussion with their University-based tutor that support their individual training needs;
  • Discuss with the ITT Mentor during the induction period a training plan based on the initial targets and audits of experience.
  • Audit and track their progress at key points during the training matched against each teaching standard and, in discussion with their ITT Mentor, their reflection of their progress for the phase of training
  • Audit and have available appropriate evidence to exemplify their progress in order to demonstrate their level of reflection and progress towards achieving each standard

How ITT Mentors should use the LJMU ITT Tracker:

  • Use the LJMU ITT Tracker standard descriptors 'formatively' at weekly meetings to discuss progress against the standards and 'summatively' at the mid and final review points to give a fair and consistent evaluation, taking into account the benchmark statements, at the end of the phase.
  • Discuss regularly with the trainees their progress for each standard and how they might move forward, using exemplification from the benchmark statements to support the discussion.

As the LJMU ITT Tracker standard benchmarks are used throughout the training period, it is not unusual during Phase 1 and the early part of Phase 2 for trainees to have not fully evidenced each standard at the minimum requirement; this is not an indication that a trainee that could not meet each standard by the end of the training, at this point. However all trainees, once they gain further experience, must demonstrate the minimum benchmark for each standard, prior to the award of QTS.

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