Greater Manchester Bright Futures SCITT is top of the class for people pursuing a career in the classroom

The Greater Manchester Bright Futures SCITT (GM Bright Futures SCITT) are excited to be extending their portfolio of teacher training opportunities and are calling for people with a passion to teach, to apply for one of its early years, primary or secondary teacher training programmes.

Led by Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, GM Bright Futures SCITT are renowned for delivering exceptional teacher training, with 97% of their trainees last year securing employment in one of their partner schools. The resounding success of their programmes has seen them, alongside their partners, Bolton based Teaching School, Primary Alliance for Learning (PAL) becoming the ONLY school based training providers in the North West to be able to offer the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

Their School Centred Initial Teacher Training for Primary and Secondary, and Early Years Teacher Status (Graduate employment) programmes are open to top graduates and career changers, as well as those already working at a school/nursery and want to take the next step. Secondary subjects on offer include: maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history and geography.

Successful candidates are eligible for a tax-free bursary or a scholarship, or a salary – as well as the chance to train alongside experienced teachers in some of the best schools in the country.

Candidates will also complete Mental Health First Aid training, a 2 day course accredited by Mental Health England which runs in line with the governments Future in Mind policy 2015. This course is a vital aid to help teachers gain a wider understanding and work more effectively with children and young people who may be experiencing mental health problems.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership said: “Teaching is a fantastic career – it offers a competitive salary, flexibility and great opportunities for people seeking career progression. With the bursaries and scholarships on offer this year, more talented graduates will have the opportunity and support to become teachers and help young people reach their full potential.

Kal Hodgson, SCITT Director, added: “Our programmes allow individuals to learn alongside some of the best teachers working in our classrooms today, and be part of the team from day one. We believe that every child deserves the very best start in life and that is why we are committed to training teachers who can provide the next generation with the best chance of developing happy, successful futures. We have a dedicated team of experienced teachers and trainers who are committed to developing our trainees.”


Experts to visit Shanghai to raise UK maths standards

Two Primary Mastery for mathematics specialist from NW1 Maths Hub will be departing on the 5th November for a professional teacher exchange to Shanghai, China. It has been recognised that Shanghai Schools perform well in mathematics in both primary and secondary schools.

This is the third exchange program with China for NW1. Departing for China this week are colleagues Ms Hagsharfi (St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Manchester) and Ms Ellithorn (Lowercroft Primary School, Bury), who will be part of a group of 70 English primary school teachers participating in this exchange as part of an on-going research project.

The National Maths Hubs Programme is coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The key objectives of this long term project are to create an opportunity to share good practice, so that colleagues from each country will work closely together, teaching classes, planning lessons and reflecting jointly on their experiences.

Simon Mazumder, NW1 Maths Hub Lead, said: “This has been an excellent experience for all colleagues concerned to date. Chorlton Park Primary, our first exchange school, uses many of the practices shared in their classrooms and Cheadle Hulme High School have used their experiences in developing expertise in many of the NW1 Maths Hubs secondary school projects.”

“The impact of this project so far across all the schools involved is very positive. I am confident that both Fiona and Dianne will bring back very valuable experiences that will enhance their roles as Primary Mastery Specialists in maths in the Greater Manchester area. It is important to add that the Chinese colleagues who have visited us thus far have also benefited for this exchange, taking away many ideas to enhance their own practice.”


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