Trainees ‘part of the furniture’ at town schools

School Direct trainee Peter Twentyman and Susan Brown, lead mentor for School Direct at Chantry Middle School and Technology College.
School Direct trainee Peter Twentyman and Susan Brown, lead mentor for School Direct at Chantry Middle School and Technology College.
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A Morpeth school has taken the opportunity to have a more active role in the development of people who want to become teachers.

The School Direct approach to initial teacher training, which was launched in 2012, enables schools to select and recruit their own trainees.

Primary and secondary training is available under this country-wide initiative. Those who are selected spend four days a week in their two placement schools.

Each programme is run by a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider. In Morpeth, Chantry Middle School and Technology College is the lead and Northumbria University is the training provider.

Primary trainees will be placed in Chantry or a partner middle school, as well as a partner first school for a shorter period. Secondary trainees will be based at King Edward VI School and they will complete a second placement in one of the middle schools.

Lead mentor for School Direct at Chantry, Susan Brown, said: “We were keen to be part of the School Direct process because it allows trainees to learn on the job and they become part of the furniture at their placement schools.

“We are looking for graduates who have a passion for working with children and young people, are organised and highly motivated and have the capacity to become inspirational teachers.

“Personally, I think School Direct is particularly suited to people who would like to come into education as a career change, as they can bring a wealth of experiences from the world of work.”

As well as doing stints at Chantry and Morpeth First School in Goosehill, trainee Peter Twentyman has enjoyed various one-off activities at other Morpeth first schools.

“I’m glad I chose this programme as you get to know the teachers and pupils very well and you get a good feel for teaching’s roles and responsibilities,” he added.

Places are still available for 2015/16, with bursaries on offer for some secondary subjects. For more information, email sue.brown@the3rivers.net or visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching