Education Development Trust’s Future Teaching Scholars Programme is a unique and innovative route into teaching, funded by the Department for Education. Following four years of hard work and dedication, we are very pleased to report that all of our first cohort of scholars have secured roles as newly qualified teachers in schools across England.
Having completed their undergraduate degrees and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) year, our scholars are now set to qualify as teachers and will be taking on their new roles from September. All 31 scholars have secured jobs in schools across the country, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire. This is a particularly significant achievement in the context of the disruption to the education system caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Of these scholars, 12 will be moving to new schools, while 19 will be remaining with their current school following their ITT.
Among these schools is Brigshaw High School in West Yorkshire, where two of our scholars have been offered permanent employment. “It was hard to believe our Future Scholars had only just graduated; they were stunning! So good, in fact, the school has employed both on a permanent basis,” said James Brookes, Deputy Head. “I would recommend the employment of Future Teaching Scholars without reservation; their experience in schools gave them a great start and the recruitment onto the programme is clearly stringent – both scholars are highly qualified and highly talented individuals.”
As part of the Future Teaching Scholars programme, scholars are offered support by Education Development Trust as they look for suitable roles in their area of preference, as well as advice on applications and interviews – especially in the context of remote interviews throughout the period of school closures – and guidance around contracts and paperwork. One of our scholars, Amy Petry, commented: “Everyone at Future Teaching Scholars has been so supportive during this process, and guided me through what would have been a very intimidating process if I was doing it alone.”
The programme and scholars have also received excellent feedback from regional training centres. Following a call to mark the scholars’ completion of their ITT, Emily Giubertoni, Regional Training Centre Lead at Bishop Challoner Catholic College said: “I can’t believe it’s four years since we first met them, and now they are qualified teachers! It has been such a brilliant programme to be involved with, and there was so much love for FTS on the call. Comparing themselves to other trainees (and even NQTs) at the start of the year, they are realising how well prepared they were. And the mentors were so full of excitement about being involved with the programme as well.”
Our scholars will receive a further two years of support from the Future Teaching Scholars Programme as they establish themselves in the profession as early career teachers. We look forward to watching their careers progress further.
For more information on the Future Teaching Scholars Programme, click here.
Originally published on EducationDevelopmentTrust.com