Inspiration Trust given go-ahead to train 70 new teachers a year


The National Council for Teaching and Leadership has given approval to the Inspiration Trust to launch its own teaching training programme. Beginning in September 2018, the programme will train up to 70 new teachers a year by giving them classroom experience at a number of schools across north Suffolk and Norfolk.

Those on the course will also receive training and tuition at the Trust’s curriculum centre in Norwich, in the hope that they will be fully equipped to enter the classroom.

One of the key aims for the programme is to attract graduates into the profession, while also appealing to those looking to change careers.

Depending on the subject those participating chose to focus on, they may be eligible to receive a salary during the programme or a bursary worth up to £28,000.

Inspiration Trust director of education Christine Counsell said: “The programme will also provide greater opportunities for our home‐grown talent to get into schools and help continue the improvement in standards we've seen in recent years.”

There are already a number of professional development courses already taking place at the Trust’s centre in Norwich, and last year saw staff from over 60 schools across the country attend.

The development courses run by the Trust aim to keep teachers in the profession by offering them the chance to develop their subject knowledge so they feel confident in the classroom.

All of the courses will focus on curriculum knowledge, so teachers have everything they need to be able to handle the more difficult GCSE syllabus and move pupils understanding on further.

The Qualified Teacher Status element of the course will be awarded by the Inspiration Trust, whilst BPP University will present them with the PGCE accreditation.