Innovative school training scheme at Bourne Academy

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A school in Bourne is part of a ground-breaking Government backed programme to train teachers on the job.

The Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance, which includes Bourne Academy along with schools in Sleaford, Lincoln and Grantham, has been accredited to lead the programme across 12 core secondary subjects.

More than 30 training places will be available from September as part of the programme called School Centred Initial Teacher Training, which offers graduates the opportunity to undergo their training and accreditation while immersed in a school environment.

The host school in which they train could also offer them a teaching post at the end of the course.

To deliver this new school-led programme in subjects ranging from biology and chemistry to computing and religious education, the alliance will be working with the University of 
Lincoln.

Successful candidates could be eligible for tax-free bursaries of up to £25,000 in some subjects, at the same time as gaining the chance to train alongside experienced teachers.

Headteacher at Bourne Academy Laurence Reilly said: “Under this scheme, trainee teachers will be embedded in our school.

“This means we will be able to ensure that our highly qualified teachers and best tutors support our trainees on a daily basis as they develop the skills and knowledge to become teachers of excellence.

“Working with the university, we are able to customise the training to meet the needs of both the school and the trainees, who gain practical experience from day one.

“It is a great way to learn and qualify to become a teacher and many successful candidates will quickly progress into leadership positions.”

Applications for places on the training scheme are now open at www.ucas.com or for more information go to www.lincolnshiretsa.co.uk.