Partnership will help future teachers

Representatives from Lancaster Primary School Direct Partnership, from left; Anne Gager from the University of Cumbria, Kathryn Veevers from The Loyne Specialist School, headteacher of Grosvenor Park Primary School, Kev Kendall, deputy headteacher of The Loyne Specialist School, Barbara Bradbury and Julie Bostock from Ripley St Thomas Academy.
Representatives from Lancaster Primary School Direct Partnership, from left; Anne Gager from the University of Cumbria, Kathryn Veevers from The Loyne Specialist School, headteacher of Grosvenor Park Primary School, Kev Kendall, deputy headteacher of The Loyne Specialist School, Barbara Bradbury and Julie Bostock from Ripley St Thomas Academy.

Two local schools are joining forces to deliver an exciting new training programme for future Lancashire primary teachers.

This year-long school based model gives carefully selected graduate trainees a new pathway into teaching.

Not only will trainees be based in school for the majority of the year, they will also be taught by outstanding and inspirational teachers from 14 partner primary and special schools throughout north Lancashire.

While the focus of this new School Direct course is to train superb primary teachers for the future, all of the prospective teachers will benefit from a grounding in aspects of Special Educational Needs in order that they can confidently meet the needs of all children in primary schools.

The programme involves Loyne Specialist School and Ripley St ThomasCE Academy, as well as the partner primary and special schools.

Barbara Bradbury, deputy head at The Loyne Specialist School , said: “Many of our staff have delivered lectures to trainees at the University of Cumbria over the last 10 years; this School Direct model is a natural progression for us to work in partnership with other schools in our locality to shape a teacher training course that meets the needs of our future teachers, pupils and schools.”

Tim Cross, head at Bolton-le-Sands CE School, said: “Trainees will be able to access input from fantastic teachers and school leaders in this locality.

“This means that some of the best teachers in our schools will have the opportunity to be involved with the training of the student teachers. This is a really good opportunity for the teachers involved to share their knowledge and expertise.”

Martin Wood, associate principal at Ripley, said: “We are committed to working with local colleagues to provide the best possible training for future primary teachers.

“Over a number of years we have successfully worked with other secondary schools and academies to train outstanding secondary teachers; we are excited to be working with teachers from other phases on this new School Direct model.”