Although it sounds obvious that every school is a teaching school, the official designation of ‘Teaching School’ means Salesian School have been recognised by the National College of Teaching as an outstanding school that has the capacity to take part in new and innovative national projects.
In 2016-17 we have successfully run numerous government schemes aimed at addressing the shortage of teachers, primarily in maths and physics. We are part of the Future Teaching Scholars scheme (https://www.futureteachingscholars.com) which recruits sixth formers from across the country and sponsors them generously throughout university. In return, these undergraduates spend 9 days each year in our school (or another Teaching School), learning teaching practice and pedagogy, and commit to two years’ worth of teaching at the end of their degree. Some of our own sixth formers are currently on this prestigious and competitive scheme and we look forward to seeing them develop as outstanding teachers.
In the Summer Term we welcomed 11 interns into our school for four weeks in the maths and physics departments. These are undergraduates interested in teaching, and our job has been to persuade them to pursue it! They made a huge impact during their time here and we are delighted that 5 have already committed to training with us in the future.
Christine Grindrod has led a Maths Specialism course aimed at upskilling teachers of other subjects to be able to teach maths in the classroom. We have run two separate schemes across the year, and are delighted that many of the teachers who have taken part in this are now timetabled to teach maths next year.
In January 2017 we ran a highly successfully ‘Aspiring Middle Leaders’ course for teachers across our alliance. Around 40 delegates visited Salesian for 6 sessions where they received presentations from motivational speakers and prepared for the next stage of their career. We are confident that they will be superb leaders of the future.
This is just a flavour of the sort of thing we have been getting up to in the Teaching School which is proving to be an essential part of our school life in these challenging educational times. If you are interested in any of the schemes we are taking part in, please contact the Director of the Teaching School, Rebecca Clarey firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For full information, or apply for a place on either teacher development or teacher training (SCITT) courses: