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Latest teacher training course opens at Focus-Trust

The new course is aimed at people looking to pursue a career in the primary classroom

Posted by Julian Owen | May 09, 2018 | Teaching

The Focus-Trust, a charitable multi-academy trust based in the North West of England, is inviting applications for a new programme operating through School Direct: the combined school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) scheme.

The scheme offers individuals the chance to be part of a teaching team from day one, combining teacher training with on-the-job learning.

Validated by Cumbria University (HEI), the programme provides the opportunity to enter the Focus-Trust’s partnership of primary academies, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Helen Rowland, Chief Executive Officer at Focus-Trust, commented: “If you want to help children in your area to realise their ambitions and inspire them to fulfil their potential, then we want to hear from you. We are looking for applications from people who have the potential to be brilliant teachers.

“Education is the key to sustainable development, and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health is by enabling people to be more productive, to earn a better living and enjoy a better quality of life.

“Our commitment to this vision is the very reason that we want to address the current recruitment crisis within the profession, and by sharing the wealth of expertise in our academies we are participating in the development of future outstanding teachers.”

School Direct trainees are eligible for a tax-free bursary, scholarship, or salary, as well as the chance to train alongside experienced teachers.

Emma Offord, participant at Birstall Primary Academy and previous participant in the trust’s School Direct programme, commented: “Following five years working within the Focus-Trust, initially as a teaching assistant, I knew that it fostered the kind of working environment that I wanted to be a part of.

“My long-term goal was always to progress to gain qualified teacher status. When the opportunity to achieve this whilst staying within the Trust presented itself, I knew that I had to apply.

“The hands-on experience that I have gained, coupled with the support and guidance of the experienced teachers in each setting, have ensured that I have quickly progressed to teaching classes of 30.

“Feedback has played an instrumental part of my School Direct programme, helping me to identify strengths and weaknesses and identify personalised targets to become a better teacher and ultimately, achieve my dream job.”

For further information please email:

Click here to access details of the Primary PGCE offered by the University of Cumbria.

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