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Inspiration Trust secures go-ahead to launch teacher training scheme

PUBLISHED: 14:38 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 26 October 2017

Hewett Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hewett Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An academy trust in Norfolk has been granted permission to launch a teacher training scheme from one of its Norwich schools.

The Inspiration Trust has been given the go-ahead by the National Council for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to train more than 70 teachers a year as part of the scheme, which will run from September 2018.

It will see the trainees spend four days a week in trust or partner schools around East Anglia, and one day a week learning at its curriculum centre at the Hewett Academy, on Hall Road.

A suite of classrooms, including a science lab, will be created at the school for training.

Christine Counsell, Inspiration Trust director of education, said: “Our new teacher training programme will do two crucial things.

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“It will help attract some of the best graduates and career changers into teaching in our region and bring their skills to bear in our classrooms.

“It will also provide greater opportunities for our home grown talent to get into schools and help continue the improvement in standards we’ve seen in recent years.”

In May, the trust announced that an existing building on the Hewett site would be turned into the curriculum centre, where subject leaders would host courses for teachers both in and out of the trust.

Last year, staff from more than 60 schools attended the courses.

Mrs Counsell said: “Like our professional development courses, which help to retain and develop teachers already in the profession, our teacher training programme will have a strong emphasis on subject knowledge and ensuring that teachers are confident experts in the classroom.

“That in turn means they can inspire their pupils to have a real enthusiasm and joy for learning and unlock opportunities throughout their lives.”

The trust’s partner schools include Bedford Free School, Cottenham Village College, near Cambridge, and the Samuel Ward Academy, in Haverhill.

In June, the school moved its sixth form, on its south site, into the main building and announced it would, going forward, no longer offer A-levels, instead focusing on a sport BTEC.

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