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From | Monday 8 July 2019

Institute working with leading training provider Gorse School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) to help attract new teaching talent to the Hull area.

Chris Berry of Ron Dearing UTC and Rachel Charlesworth, who has pioneered the training partnership.

Hull’s employer-led school is leading the way as a centre of excellence in teacher training in the city.

Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) is working with leading training provider Gorse School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) to help attract new teaching talent to Hull and the East Riding.

Gorse, the only Ofsted Outstanding Provider of teacher training in the region, has teamed up with Ron Dearing UTC and four other local secondary schools to provide apprentice-style teacher training for post-graduates.

This is the first time a Gorse SCITT training course has been organised in East Yorkshire, with previous training primarily focused in Leeds and Bradford, and Ron Dearing UTC is the only Hull school involved in the first local cohort, helping to attract the next generation of outstanding teachers to the city.

An induction day will take place on Friday, July 12, which will see next year’s trainee teachers gather for the first time.

Of 22 trainee teachers registered for the 2019 intake across the five schools, up to eight will train at Ron Dearing UTC, undergoing hands-on training including observation, teaching, planning and marking, in a classroom environment.

Chris Berry, SCITT co-ordinator at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We want to use our expertise to encourage more people to come into teaching.

“Ron Dearing UTC was established to fill key skills gaps and produce more engineers and young people with advanced technical and digital skills. In order to do that, we need teachers who can develop these skills in young people and we need to grow our own teaching talent.

 “We’re not just interested in producing successful students, we’re committed to training and developing successful teachers as well. The two go hand in hand.”

Rachel Charlesworth, originally a science technician at Ron Dearing UTC, was the first trainee teacher to undergo the Gorse SCITT training course at the school, with her course running from Leeds.

She has now qualified as a Science Teacher at Ron Dearing UTC and said she has never looked back.

Rachel said: “There is no better way of learning to teach than doing it and watching others. You learn how to deal with behaviour, how to engage with a class, you’re around other teachers and you learn so much.

“This is definitely the most flexible way to do it and I love it here. Everybody is so friendly and like-minded.”