Norfolk Teacher Training Places in Demand as School-led Teacher Training Grows in Popularity

National figures published this week show that school-led routes into teaching, which include School Direct teacher training, are attracting increasing numbers.

More than half of trainee teachers take school-led routes

The figures from the Department for Education, published in Schools Week, show that 55 per cent of first year trainees took a school-led route in 2016-17, up from 51 per cent in 2015-16, making it the second year that the majority of trainees have studied school-led routes.

The proportion of trainees based at a higher education institute such as university continued to fall, from 49 per cent in 2015-16 to 45 per cent last year.

School-based routes have higher pass rates and better employment outcomes

The report also shows that school-led trainees have the highest pass rates, with 93 per cent of postgraduates in school-led routes achieving Qualified Teacher Status, compared with 90 per cent in higher education institutions.

The proportion of trainees securing a teaching post within six months was also higher for school-led routes (96 per cent), compared with universities (93 per cent).

NTTC trainee numbers have more than doubled

Here in Norfolk, the reputation for the quality of teacher training provided by NTTC and its partner schools has resulted in year-on-year increases in applications.

From 20 trainees in its first year (2014-15), NTTC has more than doubled its intake and now has 52 new trainees accepted to commence the course in September 2018.

NTTC has also expanded the number of partner schools it works with in Norfolk, with over 40 schools across the region now providing placements to trainees.

Our trainees excel with school-based training

NTTC has outstanding progression of graduates into teaching positions and is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Two of our most recent graduates, Caitlin Fradley and Paul Wayman, both of whom achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with NTTC last month, summed up the benefits of taking the School Direct route with NTTC.

“We are really part of the school experience”

English teacher Caitlin Fradley, who completed placements at Alderman Peel High School and Dereham Neatherd High School (where she will be teaching from September) said:

It’s been hard, but it has been the best year ever! It’s been really brilliant. Getting involved in schools the way we do means that we are really part of the school experience. I’ve got some of my closest friends in there now and we’re all a really good support network. It’s been hard, but it’s been worth it.

“Both of my placements have been amazing”

Paul Wayman, who teachers PE teacher with Spanish as his second subject, had placements at Dereham Neatherd High School and City Academy Norwich. Mr Wayman, who has secured a position to teach at Benjamin Britten High School, commented:

Both of my placements have been amazing. I’ve had some brilliant mentors, brilliant influences from some great Physical Education staff and great Spanish teachers. It’s been a really good year... very hard work, lots to do throughout the course, but it’s been a successful year.