Why Train with Us?

Wycombe High School is delighted to have been designated the lead school of The National Maths and Physics School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme (NMAPS), a new DfE initiative designed to give Maths and Physics trainees the best experience during their ITT. This programme will offer specialist teacher training combining the benefits of on-the-job training offered by a traditional SCITT with the enhanced focus on specialist subject knowledge and pedagogy normally offered by a University based course.

Training with The National Maths and Physics SCITT will be of the highest quality: practical, hands-on teacher training delivered by experienced practising teachers from some of the best schools nationally. The NMAPS programme provides trainees with main placements in both State and Independent schools in England, with shorter placements in a contrasting setting to ensure trainees gain exposure to the full range of English teaching organisations: state comprehensive and selective schools; independent, primary and special schools; and pupil referral units. The NMAPS programme allows trainee teachers nationally to develop an understanding of their pupils, the education system in England today and to experience first-hand collaboration between the state and independent sectors. On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) by Buckingham University, England’s only independent university and top in three National rankings.

Trainees on this programme will be afforded great opportunities: The programme commences with a residential ‘pre-induction’ course just prior to the beginning of the schools’ academic year. The programme also provides regular professional networking and social opportunities, based in English cities including London, throughout the PGCE training year and beyond. Links with leading universities, key professional associations, including The Institute of Physics and The Mathematical Association will provide on-going high quality professional development. Trainees are supported by mentors and tutors who have been chosen because of the high quality of their own teaching practice, experience and impact. The mentors and tutors work in excellent schools nationally. Trainees experience teaching across all key stages, including Sixth Form.

Because we only offer training in Maths and Physics, you will benefit from a bespoke programme focused on your subject with enhanced specialist subject knowledge and pedagogical training to ensure your career gets off to a flying start. NMAPS trainees learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning and benefit immediately from the insight into what teaching involves. Trainees are supported to ‘find their feet’ before delivering classes; schools in the NMAPS network do not require trainees to deliver a lesson unsupported until they are ready to do so.

The trainees’ relationship with NMAPS does not end with gaining a PGCE, as they will continue to benefit from a range of alumni network meetings, events, career support, leadership development, coaching opportunities and professional association support during their NQT year and beyond. Masters opportunities beyond PGCE are also a possibility. Graduates of The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT will stand out amongst the crowd and access the very best career opportunities.