MML SCITT Celebrates Outstanding Ofsted 2015-2016
Tarleton Academy has been awarded ‘outstanding’ status for its teacher training provision and praised for its ‘relentless drive for excellence’ and for ‘establishing high-quality provision in a short space of time’.
Following a shake-up in the way that teacher training is delivered, Tarleton Academy became the first secondary school in the North West to be designated with the authority to deliver their own teacher training programme and to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It has now become the first secondary school based teacher training provider to be awarded an outstanding judgement under the new Ofsted framework for Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
Working in close partnership with Up Holland High School and known as MML (Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire) SCITT, inspectors were full of praise, stating that:
‘Leaders and managers have a thorough understanding of the needs of schools locally, regionally and nationally…. the large majority of trainees on the course have trained in subjects where teacher recruitment is more difficult and this contributes to the partnership’s excellent employment rates. The partnership is making a clear contribution to local and regional needs, including for schools in challenging circumstances.’
In its two years of operation the SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) achieved 100% in the key areas of trainee completion of the course, 100% of trainees have been graded good or outstanding and all their trainees have secured employment in a wide range of schools.
The subjects offered on the programme are restricted to the shortage subjects under the English Baccalaureate banner, which includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths, History, Geography, Spanish and German. In the second phase of the inspection, during which inspectors visit the trainees in their new schools as newly qualified teachers (NQTs) it was noted that:
‘Trainees and NQTs demonstrate outstanding personal qualities and professional attributes. NQTs are keen to involve themselves in the life of their employing school and to take advantage of opportunities to develop their expertise. They are enthusiastic about their chosen career.’
At a time when teacher recruitment and morale within the profession is being reported at an all-time low, leaders in both schools are thrilled that the practice within their schools is inspiring the next generation of teachers.