School based teacher training launched

A new school based teacher training scheme is launching in Lincolnshire

A new school based teacher training scheme is launching in Lincolnshire

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Applicants are being sought for a new secondary school based teacher training scheme launching in Lincolnshire this year.

More than 30 training places are available from September through the The Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA).

The partnership of 17 schools in Mablethorpe, Louth, Market Rasen, Lincoln, Gainsborough, Sleaford, Grantham and Boston, has been accredited to deliver the government-backed programme across 12 core secondary subjects.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) offers graduates the opportunity to undergo their training and accreditation in a school environment. The host school where they train could also offer a teaching post at the end of the course.

LTSA director Andrew Chisholm said: “One of the most exciting things about running a SCITT is that we can identify special areas of need within our participating schools and then advertise, interview and train the outstanding teachers that we require,

“We can ensure that our recruits are of the highest quality, train them to be teachers of distinction and award them a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

The programme in subjects ranging from biology and chemistry to computing and RE, will be delivered in partnership with the University of Lincoln.

Successful candidates could be eligible for tax-free bursaries of up to £25,000 in some subjects, as well as the chance to train alongside experienced teachers in some of the county’s leading secondary schools and academies.

Mike Eyre Head of Monks Dyke Tennyson College, which has campuses in Mablethorpe and Louth, said: “Under our new SCITT scheme, trainee teachers will be embedded in our school. This means we will be able to ensure that our highly qualified teachers and best tutors support our trainees on a daily basis as they develop the skills and knowledge to become teachers of excellence.

“Working with the university, we are able to customise the training to meet the needs of both the school and the trainees, who gain practical experience from day one. It is a great way to learn and qualify to become a teacher and many successful candidates will quickly progress into leadership positions.”

Applications for places on the LTSA SCITT are now open via the UCAS website www.ucas.com. For further information visit www.lincolnshiretsa.co.uk or open evenings planned for The Priory LSST, Lincoln on January 29, Ruskin Academy, Grantham on March 4 or King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth on May 5.