SFE: It’s time for full-time undergraduate students to apply for AY 2021/22

It’s time for new full-time undergraduate students to apply for student finance. Online applications only take around 30 minutes and students need to follow three simple steps.
  1. Register online – students need to create an account.
  2. Fill in the application – they’ll need their passport, bank details and National Insurance number.
  3. Provide evidence – they’ll need to upload any evidence we ask for. If they do not, it could delay their application. Students should also ask their parents, carers or partners to give us any income details we need as soon as possible.

Students do not need a confirmed place at university or college before they apply. They can apply using their preferred choice and change their details later if they need to. The deadline for new students to apply is 21 May. Students are encouraged to apply before then to make sure they get their student finance in time for starting their course. Initial volumes to the application system may be high, and our services may be very busy for a while. Please bear this in mind when applying.

Continuing students can also now reapply by signing into their online account. They should complete their application by 25 June to ensure their funding is in place before their course starts.

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DfE ‘Find’ is now live

DfE ‘Find’ is now open and gives full details of our courses and where you can train with us.  You will be able to apply to us from Tuesday 13th October when DfE ‘Apply’ and UCAS open for applications. 

As the application process for teacher training is moving from UCAS across to DfE Apply during the course of this year, you will find many courses listed on both portals. As before, applicants can still only apply to three providers across both application platforms. You will be able to apply to the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT on both websites, but you only need to apply to us once – on one or the other, not both. 

You can find us by searching for the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT, or just with our Provider Code which is 2H8.  

NMAPS triples its numbers!

We welcomed 40 trainees to our Headington Induction this week and had a fantastic time getting to know one another. Trainees worked hard – the physicists got an introduction to Lab Safety, as well as the work of the IoP, and the mathematicians started unpicking how they will teach the subject they love.

A selection of guest speakers including Barnaby Lenon and Stephen Cook from the University of Buckingham and Behaviour Buddy, Robin Launder all added their voice to the event.  A quiz on the first evening allowed everyone to meet informally and form new friendships. Thank you to Headington School for once again making us so welcome.

Sixth NMAPS Hub opens in North London

The Camden School for Girls and Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, in Barnet, are to jointly lead the sixth NMAPS Hub.   

“We are particularly delighted to welcome these two leading girls’ state schools to our hub network and to be able to offer subject specialist Maths and Physics teacher training in North London” says Sarah Yarwood, NMAPS SCITT Director. “This new hub will complement our South London Hub, based at Dulwich College as we continue to expand our partnership in England.“

Charterhouse to lead new Guildford Hub

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Charterhouse will be leading our fifth NMAPS hub – the Guildford Hub.  We welcome them to our expanding network of hubs and are delighted that they bring with them a wealth of previous experience training Physics teachers in schools across their local area. They will be working with their existing network of partner schools to offer Maths and Physics Teacher Training in 2019-2020.        

New Hub to be led by King’s High and Warwick School

NMAPS is delighted to welcome King’s High and Warwick School as our new Hub Lead schools, covering Warwickshire and the surrounding area. Located within easy reach of local towns and cities including Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Rugby and south-east Birmingham, Warwick is ideally placed as a training hub. King’s High and Warwick School (the oldest boys school in England) will lead on recruitment and training and will be working to grow a network of partner state schools in all these areas.

 

New initiative aims to boost teacher recruitment

The National Maths and Physics SCITT and the National Modern Foreign Languages SCITT are at the forefront of a new DfE initiative to spearhead subject specific teacher training on a national basis in shortage subject areas, which aims to buck the trend in declining applications for Teacher Training, as reported by UCAS.

Initial interest in these unique training programmes is encouraging, as high quality trainees are reacting positively to the bespoke offer.

Both programmes are the result of pioneering partnerships between the state and private sectors to build numbers of trainee teachers.

The National Modern Foreign Languages SCITT, which launched last September and is led by Silverdale School in Sheffield, will exclusively train modern foreign language teachers. The National Maths and Physics SCITT, which is led by Wycombe High School in High Wycombe, will recruit its first cohort of Maths and Physics teachers in September this year, and is already open for applications. Both SCITTs will operate additional regional hubs led by Bolton School and Dulwich College, and Headington School will partner with Wycombe High School to lead Physics training for the Central Hub. 

Speaking about their recent DfE designation, Sharon Cromie, Executive Headteacher at Wycombe High School Academies Trust said: “We are delighted to be leading the new National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) to help improve the recruitment and retention of trainee teachers and are particularly pleased to be bringing the state and independent sectors together on this extremely important initiative.”

Sarah Yarwood, Director of NMAPS added: “This new model of recruitment and training offers unprecedented opportunities for our trainee teachers to gain subject specific training from outstanding practitioners. For example in addition to the NMAPS subject knowledge training programme, our Physics trainees will benefit from being able to access The Institute of Physics Scholars Masterclasses. 

“We have been delighted by the quality of the candidates enquiring about this programme and are excited by the potential they have for making a real and positive impact on young people’s lives.”

Joe Spence, The Master at Dulwich College, which is leading the London Hub for both SCITTs, commented:  “On the evidence our first year of taking prospective teachers through this initiative, it is clear that it both attracts high-quality candidates and affords them a balance of freedom and rigour in their training that will prepare them well for the classroom. 
We welcome the support of the DfE and the Secretary of State for Education in raising the profile of these national SCITT schemes, as a way to ensure the provision of good teachers in minority subjects and as an excellent way for good independent and state schools to work together, as equal partners, for the promotion of the teaching profession and the improvement of children’s education in the UK at a critical time.”

Caroline Jordan, Headmistress at Headington School – the NMAPS Central Hub for Physics – said: “We are very much looking forward to working in close partnership with our state school colleagues to attract and train the very best individuals into these critical minority subject areas. We hope the opportunity to work and train in some of the best state and independent schools in the country will inspire some of the extremely high calibre candidates we know are out there to consider teaching.  As a Physics teacher myself, this is a subject very close to my heart and on a personal level, I am excited about introducing highly-skilled and highly-qualified Physicists to the incredibly rewarding world of teaching.”

Philip Britton Head of Bolton School Boys Division and Northern Hub commented:  “The National SCITT, with the unique combination of high quality placements at state and independent schools, provides a highly attractive and supportive entry to the teaching profession. There is no doubt this is an important aspect of tackling the shortage of high quality teachers in these vital subjects and we are very happy to play our part in dealing with this urgent issue of teacher supply for all pupils across the country. It is an excellent example of constructive partnership for the good of all.”

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said: ‘’There is a shortage of modern languages, maths and physics teachers in England, which is why we are keen to support projects designed to support the training of good teachers based in the best schools, and we are delighted with the support we have received from the Department for Education.