Students take School Direct route
IT wasn’t just children who went back to school this week — students went back to the classroom to learn how to become outstanding teachers.
Students with aspirations to become a teacher were welcomed into Bolton’s schools which are taking part in the Department for Education programme School Direct.
School Direct places have been made available in some of the best primary and secondary schools across England and for high-quality graduates.
And the first Rivington and Ladywood School Direct trainees took up their posts this week.
In total there are five primary and 14 secondary trainees who will have placements throughout Bolton’s schools Rivington and Ladywood School Direct works under the umbrella of the Ladywood Teaching School Alliance to give aspiring teachers a chance to study for their Postgraduate Certificate in Education, while gaining hands on experience within a school.
The programme gives schools the opportunity to recruit and train their own staff, who could then go on to teach in their school, or another school in their partnership.
The University of Manchester and Edge Hill University provide the academic support.
Rivington School Direct Partnership consists of Rivington and Blackrod High School, Harper Green School, Ladybridge High School, St Joseph’s RC High School, Sharples School, Thornleigh Salesian College, Turton High School and Westhoughton High School.
Ladywood School Direct is working with several local primary schools including The Oaks Primary School, St Paul's CE School and St Saviour CE Primary School.
The partnership is also supported by Firwood High School and Bolton Pupil Referral Service.
Trainees will be spend more than three quarters of their time in school and the rest at university.
Tony Purcell, headteacher at Rivington and Blackrod High School said: “We welcome all School Direct trainees.
“This is an excellent opportunity for student teachers to engage in teacher training in a dynamic and real environment.
“Not only do we offer excellent provision for training new teachers, but we have outstanding educational practitioners in our partnership of schools and the Universities that we are working in conjunction with.
“In working alongside the primary sector in delivering training to student teachers it will also help trainees to understand our pupils’ journey through education.
“All of those on the programme will benefit massively from this experience and the opportunity to work alongside our very best practitioners.”
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