Wycombe High School Academies Trust to lead new national Maths and Physics SCITT

Wycombe High School is the Lead School for a new national SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), called the ‘National Mathematics and Physics SCITT’ (NMAPS).

It will operate via three hubs – one in High Wycombe, based at Wycombe High School, one in London and one in the north of England. The initial teacher training will be delivered in partnership with the University of Buckingham and led by specialist Physics and Mathematics practitioners, working in a network of the best state and independent schools nationally, to ensure the highest quality educational provision.

The programme will set the gold standard in specialist teacher training, bringing together the benefits of on-the-job teaching offered by a traditional SCITT, with the enhanced focus on specialist subject knowledge and pedagogy normally offered by a university-based course.

Sarah Yarwood, SCITT and Teaching School Director at Wycombe High School, said: “This national partnership of both state and independent schools offers unrivalled access to a range of experiences and training opportunities, across all sectors of education, for anyone wanting to train to teach Physics or Mathematics.

It is an exciting and very prestigious achievement for Wycombe High School Academies Trust, and Wycombe High School as the hub school for the South and West region – the school has been involved in School Direct, a teacher training programme that places trainees in schools for one day a week, since 2013 and is one of only 35 Maths Hubs in the country, so is well placed to take on this new challenge. Wycombe High School will use its position as lead school for the new SCITT to strive to achieve its goal of delivering outstanding mathematics and physics provision, no longer just amongst the School Direct schools we are in partnership with locally, but across England. The SCITT is also a fantastic prospect for our teachers as it provides additional CPD opportunities outside the classroom – we are truly honoured to be selected to lead the programme.”

The SCITT will give trainees links with key professional associations that provide on-going high quality professional development, including The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and their regional Maths Hubs.

Dulwich College to lead London Hub

We are delighted to have been joined by Dulwich College in South London, who will act as the Hub school in that area. Dulwich College will lead on recruitment and training in London. Dulwich College has strong and effective partnerships in place through the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), a unique collaboration between ten schools – seven from the maintained sector and the three Dulwich Foundation Schools and as such is well placed to deliver this programme. The SSLP runs a series of projects for students and joint Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teaching staff and Dulwich College plays a significant part in shaping and delivering this important work.

“I believe that there are significant mutual benefits when local schools work together, and it is very encouraging to see the development of meaningful partnerships between the Dulwich Foundation Schools and our excellent local state schools to the benefit of all students.” Helen Hayes | Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood

Bolton School selected to lead Northern Hub

NMAPS is delighted to announce that The Bolton School in Bolton, has been selected to lead the Northern Hub. They will lead on recruitment and training across the North West.   The Bolton School is, and always has been, inextricably linked with the local community. It is a central part of the school ethos that pupils engage with the real world and that when they leave the School they make a positive contribution to society. This is also true with the teaching staff who have for example set up an Ogden Trust Science Partnership between local schools and universities, providing a forum to promote teaching and learning in Science.