Local newly qualified teachers celebrated

Schools, Libraries and Learning
13:18, Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Twenty-six newly qualified teachers are ready to take up dream jobs in education after completing their initial teacher training in North Lincolnshire’s schools.

The new recruits attended a celebration event on Tuesday (9 July) at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, to recognise their achievements through North Lincolnshire Council’s school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programme.

The programme allows people from a variety of backgrounds to train locally, on-the-job, immersed in school life, and become qualified teachers in just one academic year.

At the celebration event, the new teachers were awarded certificates acknowledging their achievement of Qualified Teacher Status and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Cllr David Rose, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Culture, and Jennie Fullwood, Headteacher of Scunthorpe C of E Primary School and Chair of the SCITT Strategic Board congratulated the former trainees on their achievements.

Cllr Rose said:

“This has been a fantastic year for our school-based training programme, with the largest cohort of trainees we’ve ever had, and almost 90 per cent of them achieving ‘good’ or ‘high’ grades. I would like to say congratulations to everyone who qualified this year, and wish them the best of luck in the world of teaching.

“There has never been a better time to train to teach in North Lincolnshire. Nine out of ten of our schools are rated as good or outstanding -the highest proportion in the Yorkshire and Humber region – and a raft of financial support is on offer from the government to help people bring their skills, experience and passions to our children and young people.”

Trainees come from a variety of backgrounds, including finance, further education, recent graduates and others who were already working in schools as teaching assistants. With the support of local schools and a highly successful team of trainers, the new teachers will start teaching in local primary and secondary schools from September this year.

Tuition fee loans are available to most people, including those who are still repaying a previous student loan. Grants and bursaries are available for many subjects and help is offered for childcare costs. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are provided.

If you are interested in training to teach in North Lincolnshire, please visit our Train to Teach page for more information.