Scheme Set to Put Some Class Acts in Our Schools; Bid to Raise Standards

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), February 3, 2011 | Go to article overview

Scheme Set to Put Some Class Acts in Our Schools; Bid to Raise Standards


Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove is in the region today to launch a project which aims to train the next generation of top teachers and raise standards in our schools.

Northumbria and Sunderland universities have secured a partnership with independent education charity Teach First as it prepares to expand to the North East later this year.

The charity, established in 2002, recruits first-class graduates and gives them the opportunity to "Teach First" before going on to their chosen industry.

The idea is to provide training and job opportunities for graduates, which have been particularly scarce following the recession, whilst also raising aspirations for pupils.

The graduates are placed in "challenging schools", such as those with low pass rates at GCSE, for two years.

However, more than 50% who have completed the training elsewhere in the country have stayed on in the classroom for longer.

Meanwhile, those who go into industry become Teach First "community ambassadors" and continue to work with schools through their business.

The North East programme, which will officially start this summer, is being launched tonight by Mr Gove and Teach First chief executive and founder Brett Wigdortz at a special event on Tyneside.

Northumbria University will train 10 maths and 10 science teachers, with Sunderland taking on 10 English, five modern foreign language and five business studies participants.

The two-year Teach First programme combines working, training and qualifying as a teacher, including gaining a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), with leadership development coaching and mentoring. …

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