Steady Supply at Marches Training

Despite a new report released last week, published by the National Audit Office, which suggests that there is a crisis in teacher recruitment for schools, The Marches School is continually finding promising new teacher trainees ready for a September start on the School Direct course.

The School Direct route enables the Training School to meet potential new applicants at the drop-in teacher training clinic and bring them into The Marches School to observe outstanding teaching. Of the current primary and secondary cohorts, 75% of the students introduced themselves to the school through the drop-in sessions in the 14-15 academic year. For visitors to the drop-in sessions who are not completely ready to apply for teacher training, they can receive advice and guidance from the Marches Training team who can then support them through the UCAS process when they are ready. This ensures that the school are not just securing a cohort of good trainees for the forthcoming year but also for future years. Of the current cohort, 6 have been recruited to teaching posts at The Marches School already and one of the science trainees has been offered two jobs in other Shropshire schools.

The interview process is very rigorous because not only must candidates have good qualifications but they also have to deliver a short lesson to the Marches School students proving that they have excellent subject knowledge in their chosen subject. The Training School has attracted applicants who have been successful in other careers, allowing them to bring a wealth of skills with them such as leadership and time management. Likewise, students who have recently graduated also bring their own talents, such as a fantastic subject knowledge and fresh new ideas that can stimulate teaching in schools.

Kate Aspinall, responsible for trainee recruitment at Marches Training, commented, “This method of growing our own outstanding teachers of the future ensures that the students at The Marches School have access to the best teaching possible. We can ensure a steady supply of teachers for future years across the subjects. We have some outstanding teachers in the current group and we have recruited 25 new trainee teachers ready for September. Recruitment will continue all the way through to the beginning of the next academic year.”

If anyone would like to talk to Marches Training, the drop-in sessions are every Tuesday from 5-7p.m. in term time.

Posted by Kelly Parsons on 25th February 2016, under Uncategorized


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