Welcome to the first ITT bulletin from Stourbridge Teaching School Alliance. It’s almost the end of January and our school direct students are about to embark upon their second placements. Time flies! It only seems five minutes since they began the course and now they are seasoned professionals plying their trade in their new schools and no doubt impressing everyone with the progress they’ve made.
Current School Direct Teachers
It’s fantastic to have so many school direct teachers around our schools. I want to call them teachers as ‘trainee’ or ‘student’ doesn’t do them a service: the knowledge, expertise and sheer professionalism they bring to each of their schools is inspiring. There were 9 school direct teachers attending their first professional studies session at Redhill School on January 19th and their presence provided a real buzz around the school. The first Professional Studies session focused on their own personal development and setting targets for this placement and we were all impressed by their confidence.
All school direct students placed at Redhill will be spending some time at Olive Hill Primary school on 5th February. Thank you to Olive Hill for hosting them this year.
For their post-16 experience, all Redhill school directs will be spending a day at King Edward VI College on 6th February. Again, a big thank you to King Edward's for this opportunity. It’s a real treat for our students to experience teaching and learning in one of the nation’s top post-16 colleges.
Finally – and this is exciting – a big congratulations to two of our trainees who have already secured teaching posts for September 2018.
Work experience and school placements
There has been a big increase in post-16 interest in work experience, with a number of post-16 students placed through King Edward VI Sixth Form College. The students that have visited and worked with our schools have been a credit to the college and we hope that when the time comes they will consider STSA for their training!
Recruitment across the alliance has been excellent and we have already exceeded our total number of confirmed placements compared to this time last year. We have also been very busy interviewing potential applicants over the last few weeks, so it looks very much like we will eventually exceed last year’s final numbers. Several of the schools across the alliance – Redhill, The Earls and Holy Trinity in Kidderminster – have confirmed placements for Sept 2018. The quality and calibre of applicants continues to impress and we have a great deal of optimism for the future of education!
The recent Train to Teach Event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground was well attended and we had a great deal of interest in the Alliance from several potential registrants who were not put off by the steady snowfall that covered the Edgbaston pitch!
STSA Open Morning: Redhill January 25th 2018
Redhill hosted an STSA Open Morning on Thursday 10.00 - 12.00. The event was well attended and generated a great deal of interest and some really positive feedback. It was great to see teachers who have trained with STSA and are now teaching in schools within the alliance talking about their training experiences in such an enthusiastic and informative way. The University of Worcester also came along to provide lots of information about the university course. Current trainees also spoke about their own experiences which the audience found extremely useful.
Look out for future information events and book online on the STSA website.
The Black Country Teaching Schools Collaborative will be hosting a train to teach event on March 27th at Windsor Business Centre, from 5.00 – 7.00pm. We will also invite next year’s confirmed applicants along to keep in touch. If you are interested in attending the event, please visit our 'New Events' page to book your place.
Finally, thank you all for your continued involvement in ITT across the alliance. We have built some exciting links over the last few months and we know that this will ensure the continued provision of quality training to the next generation of professionals.