GSA Schools Partner with State Sector on England’s First Maths & Physics SCITT

GSA is a Strategic Partner on England’s First Maths & Physics SCITT

More than a third of Physics teachers and a fifth of Mathematics teachers are teaching without a degree in these subjects in the UK, and the new SCITT (school-centred initiate teacher training) will work to help tackle this issue. The programme will set the gold standard in specialist teacher training, bringing together the benefits of on-the-job teaching offered by a traditional SCITT, with the enhanced focus on specialist subject knowledge and pedagogy normally offered by a university-based course.

The new SCITT – the second national programme of its kind – is called the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) and has three hubs: in High Wycombe, where state sector Wycombe High School will be the lead school, in London and in the north of England. The initial teacher training will be delivered in partnership with the University of Buckingham and led by specialist Physics and Mathematics practitioners working in a network of the best state and independent schools nationally – including Girls’ Schools Association schools – to ensure the highest quality educational provision.

The SCITT will give trainees links with key professional associations that provide on-going high quality professional development, including The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and their regional Maths Hubs.

GSA schools Headington School and Bolton School are both lead schools in the SCITT, and Headington School in Oxford will lead the West hub as well as hosting the Physics residential pre-course training.

Sarah Yarwood, SCITT and Teaching School Director at Wycombe High School, said:
“This national partnership of both state and independent schools offers unrivalled access to a range of experiences and training opportunities, across all sectors of education, for anyone wanting to train to teach Physics or Mathematics.”

Caroline Jordan, Vice President of the GSA and Headmistress of Headington School, Oxford, said: “We’re delighted that the Girls’ Schools Association is joining with schools in the state sector on this initiative to develop more urgently needed Maths and Physics teachers.”

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