Fareham school is helping to recruit teachers with successful programme

Newbridge Junior School Picture: Maria Bujor

Children in Need: Junior School has a pretty perfect Pudsey plan

  • 31 new teachers started training at centre based in Fareham and Gosport
  • MP Caroline Dinenage paid a visit to find out more about what they do
  • It comes as headteachers are facing a teacher recruitment crisis
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Sara Gmitrowica, director

The Fareham and Gosport School Centred Initial Teacher Training is based at Harrison Primary School in Fareham, which set it up.

They have learnt to apply the theory to the day to day life in the classroom

It is for postgraduates who want to go into teaching as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and takes in staff from across Fareham and Gosport.

The programme has been expanded and this year 31 new trainee primary and secondary school teachers have been admitted, compared with 47 over the past two years.

Sara Gmitrowica is the head of the junior school and the director of the SCITT.

She said: ‘More and more schools locally have wanted to get involved. We asked the Department of Education for a greater allocation.

‘There is a recruitment crisis so headteachers are investing a lot of time and effort into people with the hope of offering them a job at the end of the year.

‘We have worked hard to ensure that the content of the programme is what the teachers need.

‘They are coached and mentored to develop their practice.

‘They are better prepared for life in the classroom because they have been in school since day one.

‘They have learnt to apply the theory to the day-to-day life in the classroom.

‘They are part of the school staff.

Teachers spend four days a week in schools, working alongside a class teacher, while meeting at a partner school once a week to work towards a qualified teaching status.

It has been accredited by the Department of Education.

The programme has been in place for four years and has been recognised for its impact on school improvement across Fareham and Gosport.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage visited the school to find out more.

She said: ‘Education is vitally important so it is lovely to see the schools of Gosport and Fareham working together to try and improve standards in our local schools.

‘We’re always on the look out for more great teachers in our area and the SCITT course delivers a winning combination of valuable practical experience along with excellent training and support.’

In the last academic year, the centre had a 100 per cent success rate.

The centre is now recruiting next year’s trainees and is keen to hear from anyone in the local area with a degree who is thinking about a career in teaching.

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