The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a new and unique approach to teacher training. It encourages exceptional maths and physics students to teach the subjects they are passionate about.
Scholars continue in-depth study of their subjects via an undergraduate degree whilst also learning about teaching through training sessions, online modules and undertaking practical in-school experiences.
A graduate with a difference - bringing commitment, experience and enthusiasm
Future Teaching Scholars are a special kind of mathematics or physics graduate. They are committed to teaching and knew they wanted to become a teacher before starting their degree.
Schools will benefit from employing someone who is:
- A subject specialist that is passionate about teaching, having signed up to a 6-year programme.
- Have participated in a part-time teacher training programme over the three years of their degree, in association with an outstanding Teaching School.
- This includes classroom experiences such as teaching in small and large groups, lesson observation and planning inclusive lessons.
- Experienced in school-led research having completed a research project alongside their university dissertation.
- Supported by the programme for the first 3 years of employment, including ITT, as well as attending national and regional events.
Building on their experience in a well-supported environment
Schools will be required to fund the trainee teacher's wage and commit to supporting the Scholar’s training in an environment in which they can build on their incredible experience in the previous 3 years. This training is provided by the SCITT provider attached to our Regional Training Centre externally, as opposed to in-house by your school. A supportive environment is essential, and specific commitments will include releasing the Scholar to attend regular training sessions at one of the programme’s regional ITT providers, and to attend a national conference.
All schools must sign a partnership agreement that details the support they are required to provide. If you think that employing a Scholar to complete their ITT could benefit your school, then the school must be able to offer:
- Employment on the unqualified teacher salary scale and fund their post.
- Offer either a temporary contract (covering the Scholar’s ITT year), or a permanent contract (subject to the completion of QTS).
- An appropriately reduced timetable (particularly for the first half-term) that may scale up over time, rising to a maximum of 80% timetable by the end of term 3.
- Assign a physics Scholar a teaching timetable where at least 50% of it is teaching physics.
- An Immersion Period, allowing the Scholar into the school for 2 weeks in the Summer Term.
- Release from timetable commitments to attend the annual 2-day National Conference in December and to attend other programme related events.
- Arrange cover for 20 days so that Scholars can experience teaching in a contrasting school environment (ITT requirement).
- Support Scholars in their completion of Master’s module activities.
We are currently looking for schools that have appropriate vacancies for Scholars to undertake their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in 2021.
If you think that your learners deserve to be taught by passionate subject specialists who have three years experience and are committed to effective teaching and learning, please get in touch.