Teachers Qualify Through Tollbar Trust's Graduate Training Scheme

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Newly-qualified Teachers (l-r) Danielle Sibbick and Emma Holt, who are now teaching at Somercotes Academy after completing the Graduate Teacher Training programme run by Tollbar MAT.


Two newly-qualified teachers who have completed their training through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme run by Tollbar Multi Academy Trust and are now teaching at Somercotes Academy.

The Graduate Teacher Training programme has proved a highly successful training scheme for a number of staff at Tollbar Multi Academy Trust. The course is open to university graduates who have experience in the school setting and provides an opportunity for them to earn a salary while gaining invaluable experience as a full-time member of staff in one of the Trust's Academies.

Trainees have the opportunity to gain qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through a structured programme that provides extensive experience in the classroom. The Assessment Only scheme provides opportunities for graduates to become qualified in both the Primary and Secondary sectors.

Four Graduate teachers have qualified recently across the Trust, with two others set to do so this month. Danielle Sibbick and Emma Holt are now teaching English at Somercotes Academy; Josh Davie is teaching History at Cleethorpes Academy; David Sidebottom is teaching Maths at Tollbar Academy; and Jessica Houlton and Rebecca Maguire will qualify at Cleethorpes Academy in April 2018.

Somecotes Academy Teacher Danielle Sibbick said: "I was told about the course by a Curriculum Leader of English within the MAT who was aware of my interest in the teaching profession. This then led to spending time within the English Department at Tollbar and deciding to accept a place on The Assessment Only route. I found this really suited me as it provided an insight into the range of responsibilities teachers undertake within the workplace as well as establishing knowledge of the teaching profession. Regular training sessions were provided which developed an understanding of the teachers' standards and the ways in which these are assessed. I am now teaching at Somercotes Academy."

Paul Donnelly, Tollbar MAT Vice Principal, said: "Tollbar MAT is committed to providing a bespoke training programme to equip candidates with the necessary skills to pass the 12 week Assessment Only programme. Key to the Trusts ethos is the development of staff and the programme has enabled a number of staff to gain Qualified Teacher Status. Tollbar MAT is committed to enable all graduates to stay with the Trust and, as a result, all staff who have come through this training route currently hold teaching positions with the Trust."

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green

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David J Hampson
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