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A hands-on approach to teacher training proves a hit in Carlisle

A training scheme in Carlisle for new teachers is providing to be a big success as most of the places on the scheme, which begins in September, have already been claimed.

The Carlisle School Direct primary school programme is a scheme that allows training teachers to get their formal status while also getting practical experience in a school environment. Many new teachers find it quite an adjustment to go straight from university to a real school environment so such a scheme is ideal for those who want to properly prepared for what the job entails.

The scheme ensures that the trainees get to spend at least three days per week at their selected school.

The lead school involved in the School Direct program is Stanwix School. Headteacher of Stanwix, Kuldip McCullen had the following to say about the scheme –

“We’re already nearly full for our next intake because people do start voicing their interest very early, usually before the summer holiday and as soon as they’ve finished their degree.

“Across the primary and secondary school schemes we’ll probably have over 30 starting with us in September.

“A lot of people like to choose the School Direct route rather than doing a PGCE at university because a lot of it is hands on and you have the expertise and support at your school.”