Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC) has seen its latest cohort of trainee teachers earn Qualified Teacher Status, with 37 trainees successfully completing its 1-year school-based course. NTTC, which is part of City College Norwich, is set to train even more teachers next year, despite a national shortfall in applications for teacher training.
The trainees came into City College Norwich last week to receive their final grades and confirmation that they will be going into Norfolk classrooms as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from September.
Since the start of the academic year they have been spending 4 days a week in Norfolk high schools, supported by mentors, and a day a week with NTTC for the professional development element of the School Direct initial teacher training programme.
After collecting their results, the newly qualified teachers reflected on a challenging but highly rewarding year, with many lasting friendships having been forged between the trainees.
English teacher Caitlin Fradley, who completed placements at Alderman Peel High School and Dereham Neatherd High School (where she will be teaching from September) said:
“It’s been hard, but it has been the best year ever! It’s been really brilliant. Getting involved in schools the way we do means that we are really part of the school experience. I’ve got some of my closest friends in there now and we’re all a really good support network. It’s been hard, but it’s been worth it.”
Paul Wayman, who teachers PE teacher with Spanish as his second subject, had placements at Dereham Neatherd High School and City Academy Norwich. Mr Wayman, who has secured a position to teach at Benjamin Britten High School, commented:
“Both of my placements have been amazing. I’ve had some brilliant mentors, brilliant influences from some great Physical Education staff, and great Spanish teachers as well. It’s been a really good year. It’s been very, very hard work, lots to do throughout the course, but it’s been a successful year. It’s been very enjoyable.”
Whilst there has been a persistent challenge in recent years of not enough people registering for initial teacher training, NTTC has seen a growth in the number of trainees it has taken on in each of the academic 4 years since it was established.
From 20 trainees in its first year (2014-15), NTTC has more than doubled its intake and now has 52 new trainees due to commence the course in September 2018.
NTTC has also expanded the number of partner schools it works with in Norfolk, with over 40 schools across the region now providing placements to trainees.
Paul McCann, Director, NTTC, commented:
“Congratulations to the NTTC class of 2018! The trainees’ hard work and dedication throughout the year has seen them not only achieve Qualified Teacher Status. They have also contributed a huge amount to their placement schools and the pupils they have been working with during the year.
“It is a huge testimony to the calibre of our trainee teachers, the quality of experience and support they get in our partner schools, and the professional development provided by NTTC, that we continue to grow despite the well documented challenges in attracting new teachers into the profession.”