It’s graduation time and we are delighted to announce that the the 2019-20 cohort of National Modern Language SCITT trainees are well on their way to securing their first teaching jobs.

Of our 39 graduates (pictured above), 31 already have jobs lined up for September 2020 – and out of those, an impressive 30 will be working in state schools. Given that one of the key reasons for the government establishing the NML SCITT three years ago was to plug the gap in language teachers within the state sector, we are delighted at this continued success.

This comes as our partnership with schools across England is growing yet again. We are welcoming two new hubs from September: Humber and North Lincolnshire Hub, led by Humberstone Academy in Grimsby and East Midlands and South Lincolnshire Hub, led by Charles Read Academy near Grantham; both schools are part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET). The now established Bolton Hub is also collaborating with the new hub developing at  Cheadle Hulme School as they are welcoming their first trainees in September 2020.

This brings the number of schools we have worked with to 78 and further widens the opportunities for our trainees, allowing them to train at hubs across the country. Many of our partner schools tell us that they appreciate the access it gives them to a new supply chain of language teachers. Given that our trainees are taught by experts in modern language teaching and have placements in two contrasting schools during the course, it ensures that they are fully prepared for life in the classroom.

Our growth is also reflected in the number of successful applicants we have lined up for the course in September 2020. Currently there are 56 new NML SCITT trainees confirmed and another 13 have deferred to September 2021 – and applications are still coming in!

The number of successful applicants has increased every year.¬†Course Director, Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, reflects on how the effects of Covid-19 and its economic impact may be influencing people’s decisions:

“Talking to applicants, it’s clear that some are now reflecting on their life choices and are starting to see teaching as a more rewarding and also secure career option, given the uncertainty in other sectors. We are interviewing people, for example, who have maybe been considering a career change for a while but never had the time to do the research, ask all their questions and complete the UCAS application. We are pleased to see a real increase in applications from highly skilled linguists who will bring a wealth of life experience, enthusiasm and interpersonal skills into the classrooms of the children they will be teaching.”

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