Key features of the Teacher Development Programme include:

Exploring Alternative approaches to education

Building upon the Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) model developed by Ruskin Mill Trust, the programme will explore alternative approaches to special education. This will involve experiential learning, research and both reflective and reflexive practice.

Learning through doing

Through the programme, emphasis will be placed on experiential learning – learning through doing. Participants will be invited to explore existing pedagogic and human development frameworks through research, experiential learning and reflection.

There will also be the opportunity for participants to develop and deepen their artistic practice.

Child-centred approaches

Focus is placed throughout the programme on child-centred pedagogic approaches. Our aim is to create learning that is centred on human development and the development of the child that reflects the National Curriculum, rather than being led by it.

Personal Development

As part of the programme, participants will be given an opportunity to explore the question ‘who am I?’ as part of their personal development. This is based on the premise that ‘before meeting the student I need to meet myself. Through this, participants will be given the opportunity to explore and reflect upon their own pedagogic approach and build confidence, skills and attributes of the teacher.


Throughout the programme, participants will be given the opportunity to explore and reflect on existing practice and personal professional practice.


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