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"Having seen the job close up, I now know that I definitely want to teach"

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Northern Lights SCITT, established in 2011, is a partnership of schools across North and West Yorkshire including the metropolitan area of Bradford. The Alliance is led by Feversham College, Bradford and Skipton Girls’ High School.


Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT, in partnership with Bradford's best schools and most inspirational teachers, support the development of Bradford’s future teachers in an entirely school-based and school-designed training programme.


A taste of life on the school front line

Budding maths and physics teachers have been given first hand experience of life in the classroom thanks to an innovative internship programme run in Bradford.

The Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT and Northern Lights SCITT teamed up to deliver a package of school experience that saw 10 university undergraduates placed at a school in the city for four weeks over the summer.

Each undertook paid training based on that provided to trainee teachers, which included sessions on child development and learning, safeguarding, managing behaviour and special educational needs, outstanding teaching and learning and assessing and evaluating teaching and learning.

Support through the programme was delivered through mentoring, paired placements, group meetings and an online learning platform including a discussion forum and reflective journal.

Katie Waring, Head of Initial Teacher Training at Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT, explained: “This is the second year we’ve worked with Northern Lights to deliver the scheme, which is funded by the Department of Education in a bid to increase the number of teachers nationally specialising in maths and physics.

“It’s a fantastic initiative to get involved with for aspiring teachers because in addition to being paid £300 per week to train, anyone who completes their internship is guaranteed an interview for a place on a full teacher training course.”

Sarah Whittle, a second year student at Sheffield University who was based at Titus Salt School in Baildon but who also had internship sessions in local primary and SEND schools, is full of praise for the scheme.

“It was a great experience and really firmed up a few decisions in my mind,” she says.

“At the start of the internship I wasn’t sure whether to go straight into teaching after university or to try and get some more life experience first. Having seen the job close up, I now know that I definitely want to teach but I want to try a few other things before teaching, because it felt to me like the best teachers were the ones who had seen a bit of the real world before going into the classroom.

“I think getting that kind of clarity is exactly what the internships are designed to do and would certainly recommend them.”


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"Having seen the job close up, I now know that I definitely want to teach"

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Northern Lights SCITT, established in 2011, is a partnership of schools across North and West Yorkshire including the metropolitan area of Bradford. The Alliance is led by Feversham College, Bradford and Skipton Girls’ High School.


Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT, in partnership with Bradford's best schools and most inspirational teachers, support the development of Bradford’s future teachers in an entirely school-based and school-designed training programme.


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