Thursday 7 October 2021 | West Exe School, Exeter
We were pleased to host a free Train to Teach | Get into Teaching event last Thursday (7 October 2021) in person at West Exe School, Exeter.
Nearly 60 delegates attended this event that provided opportunity to find out more about teacher training in the region and to gain advice from experts and training providers.
Following school closures and the emergence of a new blended learning environment in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, teaching is all the more a high-profile profession. Moreover, it was clear listening to the attendees that a career in teaching is appealing for many reasons and delegates were keen to explore their options.
The event opened with a welcome by Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at West Exe School, Joe Bispham on ‘Entering the Best Profession.’
Delegates were then able to attend instructive, practical workshops that mapped the teacher training journey from information on funding, led by Student Finance England; different training courses; how to submit a successful application, and tips on applying, including finding the right referees and writing a personal statement. Guidance on how to get school experience, preparing for the training year - and very importantly, what a career in teaching is really like.
Delegates could also listen and learn from current trainees and recently qualified teachers with tips and insights into preparing for a successful training year.
With all the advantages of a live face-to-face event, attendees enjoyed meeting and chatting with the following Primary and Secondary Teacher Training providers; and Universities, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT’s) and School Direct providers:
Also available to answer questions were the National Education Union, who represent the majority of teachers and educational professionals in the UK, including trainee teachers and not-for-profit supply agency, Exeter Supply Partnership who bridge the gap between highly skilled supply teachers and their next job.
Commenting on the event, SWIFT Assistant Director | Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub, Sarah Frame said:
“On behalf of SWIFT and all our regional partners and initial teacher trainee providers, this was a useful event for prospective teacher trainees across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to find out more about training to be a teacher. We were delighted to welcome so many interested delegates from a range of backgrounds and situations and we look forward to seeing them in the classrooms of the future. I thank all our contributors for their time, input and enthusiasm at this event in showcasing the range of high-quality teacher training within our area.”
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