27 September 2018

Associate teachers – the class of 2018-2019

The Arthur Terry National Teaching School (ATNTS) is pleased to welcome its latest cohort of associate teachers.

This year, nearly 60 people have started the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course that also includes a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme.

The one-year course combines school placements with academic study and practical workshop-based training that enables trainees to fully develop their understanding of how children learn overall and more specifically in their own specialist subject.

Associate teachers take part in initial training at the outstanding Arthur Terry School for the first fortnight, which is part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). This enables the trainees to get to know each other and to the develop basic skills required to begin teaching. They take part in a range of activities, including collaborative planning and delivering some year 7 PSHE lessons in small teams.  Following the induction fortnight, the first of two local in-school placements begin, some of which will be in ATLP schools.

SCITT lead and specialist leader of education, Paul Withey (pictured), leads a team of current practicing teachers with associate lecturer status from Birmingham City University, which is supporting and coaching the trainees.

He says:

Our seventh cohort seems to be a really strong one. They are enthusiastic and studious, looking to absorb as much as possible from the training sessions we provide.  We offer personalised provision and have maintained high standards and rigour of recruitment despite the current climate of teacher shortages.”

The associate teachers come from a range of backgrounds, training in different subject pathways. All share a passion for teaching and a commitment to excellence. Two recent graduates, Katie and Ardit, share their experiences:

Katie Leigh-Lancaster (pictured top left) is training to become an English teacher and her first placement is at Arthur Terry School. She says:

I’m really enjoying the pedagogy and the planning. It’s preparing me to go into the classroom by developing my practical experience and understanding of the subject. I really like the feel of Arthur Terry and the way that English is taught, so I’m looking forward to the placement.”

Physics graduate Ardit Baku (pictured second left) will be spend his first placement at Fairfax school. He says:

The programme has been interesting and enjoyable. I’d heard good things about Arthur Terry and when I came for some work experience, I was really impressed with Arthur Terry and the students. I really got a feel for Paul’s lessons and his teaching methods – it inspired me. We’re in good hands!”

The programme also attracts a number of career changers and returning students who now wish to train as teachers.

Qualified swimming teacher Anne Pemberton-Smith (pictured second right) has both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Biology. She left her management role to pursue a career in teaching and is looking forward to her first placement at Staffordshire’s Erasmus Darwin Academy.

Anne says:

I missed Biology and wanted to teach the subject to others. Due to family and home commitments, I chose a school-led course that was local. It’s been a while since I was at university, so I’m still settling in. The course leaders and tutors are current practitioners, so they are ‘practicing what they preach’ daily.” 

John Lucas (pictured far right) will spend his first placement at the ATLP’s Stockland Green School. An English graduate, John worked in advertising for several years before beginning his journey into teaching as a teaching assistant and tutor.

He says: 

The Teaching School’s reputation was definitely a factor in my choice of training provider – I really like Arthur Terry. The course is very engaging and hands on – I enjoy the pace! These first sessions have been really useful and the course leaders’ differing styles are very effective.”

Anybody who is interested in training to teach, can visit ATNTS’ open evening on Wednesday 24th October from 6-8pm at Arthur Terry School. Applications are welcome through UCAS from 6th October 2018.