11 December 2017
Bolton School is to become a partner school and hub for trainee teachers striving to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as part of the National Modern Languages’ School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.
More Modern Languages’ teachers are needed as the government is committed to increasing the proportion of pupils gaining language qualifications. The MFL SCITT offers the choice of teacher training in state and independent hub schools in Sheffield, London and Bolton. At the centre of the scheme is the top comprehensive – Silverdale School in Sheffield, where students receive curriculum development along with the University facilities of Sheffield Hallam and the Hub schools. Silverdale is able to offer students a year of teacher training through placements in excellent and vibrant Modern Languages’ departments such as Bolton School, Dulwich College in London or in Sheffield. Bolton School has a thriving MFL department which teach up to Key Stage 5 in French, German and Spanish and pupils regularly engage in school trips, exchanges and a range of cultural activities.
Student teachers will be based in Bolton School working alongside the staff in the MFL Department and complete professional training at Bolton and Silverdale School. Whilst at Bolton they will have the support of the SCITT lead teacher who coordinates the course with Silverdale School and a school-based subject mentor who will meet with them formally each week and support them throughout their time in school.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said: “Schools across England need more Modern Languages’ teachers and we are delighted to help out in this respect by becoming a centre for teacher training. We look forward to welcoming and working with aspiring teachers in our Senior School in the coming months, where I know they will benefit from being under the guidance of our highly accomplished language teachers.”