We’ve got your back – Support as you train: Katy Isles CKTSH

During recent interviews and support visits for teachers early into their careers I have been reflecting on how much support there is available for teachers. There is so much invested by the DfE, by schools and by mentors in supporting teachers new to the profession. When I think back to my own journey into teaching and how supported I felt, I had superb mentors, supportive schools and colleagues that championed my cause and helped me to develop at every turn!  There is even more support available for those seeking a career in teaching. From informative websites, to webinars and  1-to-1 chats, recruitment events, dedicated ‘Get into teaching’ advisors and step by step guidance on how to apply everything is there to support you. Trinity Institute of Education and Calderdale and Kirklees TSH are proud that in their partnership we go over and above to make sure you are informed and ready to apply. 

Securing your place on our course brings with it a whole host of support. Before your induction to the course and your ‘Flying start’ where you prepare you for the basics of teaching we’re at the end of a phone or an email to answer any questions. Those questions that arise once the adrenaline of the interview say has subsided can be answered at any point. We are here to help! 

Once you are inducted a brilliant source of support is your peers, your cohort that you train for the year with will become trusted people you lean on when you might be having a tough week or feeling the pressure, as course Leads, we have all been there too and we have lots of advice and ways to support. 

Once in a carefully chose placement you’ll have a mentor – this expert colleague will be your critical friend throughout your placement and will guide you step by step to improve. In school you will be seen as a member of staff so you’ll get to know the wider teaching and support staff and be immersed in the daily life of school – there will be colleagues you can observe, colleagues you will strike friendships but everyone is there to support and help you become the best that you can be, it’s our passion! 

There’s no glossing over the fact that it will be an intense year but we are certain that with our experience, our network of expertise and a lot of like minded people, we can help you to shape a life! 

Closer links for Calderdale and Kirklees delivery of Initial Teacher Training

We are really pleased to be able extend our relationship with the Calderdale and Kirklees Teaching School Hub (CKTSH) based at Shelley College and accredited to SHARE MAT.  From September 2023 we will be delivering a school centred ITT provision in partnership that spans the entire West Yorkshire region through our designation as an Associate College of the brand new DfE backed flagship National Institute of Teaching.

The alignment with CKTSH is not just in the outstanding education we provide the young people of Calderdale and Kirklees but also in the outstanding provision we are able to offer for prospective ITT candidates.  Together we can offer placements in well over 60 schools where the mentoring candidates will receive will be from outstanding subject and phase based specialists.  Alongside this, each candidate will have a dedicated link mentor from one of our expert and vastly experienced ITT team.

The National Institute of Teaching is a school led organisation delivering programmes for the full golden thread from ITT, ECT to established teachers.  We are really excited to be delivering the ITT element from September 2023 as this will draw upon input from outstanding practitioners who are school based ensuring that the course will be truly school centred in every way.