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.

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.