Since the last edition of our SCITT newsletter, our trainees have continued to work extremely hard and face the challenges of the classroom head on. After the half term break, most trainees changed schools to Placement B and entered a very different teaching environment. Once they had settled in to their new home, they were tasked with an assignment to produce a detailed comparative analysis of their two placement schools; considering how key differences such as demographic and geographic profiles, religion and pupil premium may impact on the outcomes of pupils they teach. The assignments were impressive and yielded some very interesting results. Our professional studies have continued alongside the classroom training, and we have to give a huge thank you to Laura Foley at Hodgson. She has worked so hard to train our new teachers to be fully prepared to teach PSHE and they have now been certified as Chartered Teachers of the PSHE association; thank you Laura! Thank you also to Stephen Tierney who gave his time to work with our trainees and share his experiences. They gained so much from that session - particularly on how to use data to inform their planning and maximise pupil progress.

On Wednesday 1st March, a film crew from the cabinet office alongside representatives from the Department for Education arrived on the Fylde Coast to make a promotional video with our trainees in our schools. It was a real pleasure to be chosen to showcase our teacher training programme and the impact it has as a local solution to teacher recruitment. The trainees shared their experiences with confidence and pride. Case studies of them have been published on social media as part of the NCTL’s recruitment drive in our region.

On Tuesday 7th March, we were chosen to further promote teacher training in the North West at the Blackpool Hilton Train to Teach event. Daniel Caldarelli and Natalie Hicks represented this year’s SCITT trainees and Gemma Smith [graduate and NQT from our first SCITT cohort] shared her experiences on the expert panel. It was a really successful evening and another proud spotlight moment for our trainees. 

We are very proud to report that 4 more trainees have secured full-time teaching positions for September. This now takes us to a record 13 employed trainees!!

  • Phill Anyon at Fleetwood High School
  • David Fisher at Longridge
  • Daniel Caldarelli at Montgomery High School
  • Richard Spall at St Mary’s Catholic Academy