On Friday 14th July, eight undergraduate university students attended the final day of the Alliance for Learning SCITT Internship Programme, where they received their official certificates of recognition for completing their four week internships.
The physics and maths undergraduates, who are currently in their 2nd and 3rd year of study at University, undertook four week placements at Manchester Creative & Media Academy, Lostock College, Lymm High School and Urmston Grammar, adding valuable work experience to their CVs.
The programme is one of eight Government initiatives to encourage people into the teaching profession, offering paid, work-based training placements which are designed to give students real life experience of working in a school prior to going onto teacher training or other professional qualifications.
The students spent their four week placements fully immersed in the life of a school, observing and learning from outstanding classroom practitioners, teaching lessons, delivering workshops, preparing resources as well as attending trips and staff meetings, to see if teaching really is the career for them.
Additional benefits of the programme include: support with their teacher training application during their final year, a guaranteed interview should they apply for the Alliance for Learning SCITT teacher training programme and support when preparing for their professional skills tests.
Zoe Darlington, a student on the programme, said: “This was a really wonderful experience – especially forming relationships with students and feeling that I had made an impact on their learning. I will definitely be applying for teacher training in September and am really sorry this has come to an end.”
Clive Grant, a teacher from Lostock College, commented: “I cannot believe the valuable input these interns have had in our departments. We are really keen to continue our involvement on this programme and are very happy to support the interns application to the profession in October.”
Kal Hodgson, SCITT Director, said: “This programme, along with Researchers in Schools, Teacher Subject Specialist Training and Futures Teaching Scholars are four out of eight Government initiatives that we are involved in. The celebration today was a great success, honoring the hard work of the students who took part in summer internships this year.”