First maths & physics trainee teachers meet in new partnership approach

The first cohort of trainee maths and physics teachers is meeting for their induction in a new national partnership approach to addressing key teaching skills shortages.

State and independent schools across the UK have come together to run a joint SCITT (school centred initial teacher training) for teachers who will specialise in maths and physics. The new partnership brings together the best in both sectors to train the new teachers.

The 3-day induction, from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 August, brings together trainees from the SCITT’s Northern, Central and London hubs for introductory training by lead teachers as well as the opportunity to network and build future contacts with whom they can share their growing expertise.

The induction is taking place at Headington School in Oxford which is the host venue for the SCITT’s Central physics hub and one of the independent schools involved in the partnership. Over the course of the three days, as well as benefiting from Headington’s subject expertise, the trainees will use the school’s classrooms and laboratories and take advantage of the boarding school’s accommodation and catering facilities.

Headington School is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association which is a strategic partner in the new state-independent school SCITT and has been instrumental in generating involvement from individual schools in the independent sector. There are currently 16 schools ready to host trainee maths & physics teachers as part of the SCITT. They include independent girls’ schools Headington School and Wycombe Abbey, Bolton School (both girls and boys divisions) and Dulwich College.

Information about applying to join next year’s cohort of trainees can be found here.

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