Norfolk Teacher Training Centre set for Milestone as it Celebrates Latest Cohort of Newly Qualified Teachers

Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC) has now successfully trained 80 new teachers for schools in the region in just 3 years – and another increase in recruits means it will pass the milestone of bringing 100 teachers into the profession by the end of 2017-18.

NTTC, which is part of City College Norwich, celebrated its 37 latest Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) at its graduation event at The Assembly House, Norwich, on Friday 15th September.

The NTTC class of 2017 are another high calibre group of new teachers, with 97% graduating with a Good or Outstanding grade.

Paul McCann, NTTC Director, said:

Our newly qualified teachers all have bright and rewarding careers ahead of them, and already they have rightly been recognised within their placement schools as making a significant contribution to the education of young people in the region. I am immensely proud of the achievements of all of our NQTs, supported by our excellent partner schools and subject mentors.

As well as praising the achievements of NTTC’s newest graduates, Mr McCann also reflected on some of the successes of the teacher training centre to date.

These include delivering on its remit to help address the teacher shortage in the region, with 96% of NTTC’s NQTs being employed in schools in the region after they graduate.

NTTC has also seen former trainees progress rapidly in their teaching careers, with 10 of its graduates having already progressed to middle leadership positions such as Head of Department, Subject Leader or Head of Year.

NTTC is rated as Good by Ofsted and runs the School Direct initial teacher training programme. This sees trainees spend 4-days a week based in schools, and 1-day of continuing professional development each week. Trainees are given opportunities to gain experience in a wide range of different schools in the county, supported by mentors in their placement schools.

Garth Collier, a newly qualified teacher in physics at Mildenhall College Academy, joined NTTC after 12 years working for the Prison Service. Mr Collier said:

Changing career and going into teaching was something I had thought about, but I didn’t know if I could afford to retrain. Luckily in the subject I teach they offer bursaries and when I found out about the bursaries I went for it. I think the training year was one of the hardest things I’ve done, in terms of learning new skills, managing a high workload with planning lessons, marking books, your teaching time, and managing behaviour in the classroom. It’s a lot to deal with, but you get used to it. It’s a big accomplishment and I feel very fulfilled at the end of it.

Newly qualified biology teacher, Chloe Roach, who is now teaching at Sprowston High School, was a zoologist at Twycross Zoo before starting her training year with NTTC. Ms Roach says she was glad she opted for the School Direct pathway into teaching:

I thought it would be nicer to just get straight in there and get on with the school teaching. I got to experience a lot of different schools during my training year, a mix of very different types of schools, which was good. It’s been difficult at times, especially with the Professional Practice Portfolio, but when you get it back and you’ve actually done OK that’s a really nice feeling. The last 2 weeks have been really nice, starting my NQT year, having your own classes and having a bit more responsibility.

Following a successful first 3 years, NTTC has seen strong demand for places from those looking to get into teaching.