The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), which operates Skegness Academy, has appointed 40 trainees to start work in ten of its Academies from this month.
The GDFT has supported trainee teachers on PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme) courses over many years. As a result of the Trust’s track record and the interest in this exciting new path into teaching, a high volume of applications were received.
The trainees come from a wide variety of backgrounds including school support staff that wish to progress into teaching roles, former pupils who have just finished a degree, plus those looking for a career change.
For example, a female graduate engineer and former STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ambassador from Nissan will train as a design and technology teacher at the Skegness Academy.
Barry Day, Chief Executive of the GDFT, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming the trainees in the new Academic year and I am confident that they will receive the highest quality training experience.
“Training with us is a particularly appealing option for many trainees because we have developed an outstanding CPD (continuous professional development) programme which focuses on ‘growing our own’.
“We provide opportunities for promotion within the Trust and opportunities for staff to work across a number of Academies – these are attractive prospects for talented and ambitious teachers.”
The trainees will receive a personalised training plan and one to one guidance from an Academy based Subject Mentor and a Professional Tutor. Trainees will also benefit from the support of former trainees who have a wealth of experience.
At the end of the one year School Direct programme, successful trainees will go on to work in one of the Academies within the Trust.
Applications for School Direct placements starting September 2014 open on November 1.