Schools train teenagers to become teachers

The government’s flagship Teaching Schools are identifying youngsters as future teachers, as part of a plan to plug gaps in the teaching workforce.

In 2012 the Education Select Committee recommended that the government should develop an internship system to allow youngsters to experience teaching; pupils should have taster sessions which include actual teaching, rather than just observing lessons.

Now Teaching Schools are running talent-spotting sessions in which pupils are marked out as future teachers, the Telegraph reports.

The scheme is identifying pupils with the aptitudes for teaching, including expertise in shortage subjects such as science and maths, good presentation skills and leadership potential. Some youngsters are being encouraged to improve their skills by tutoring children in primary schools and, when they reach the sixth form, taking part in formal ‘get into teaching’ sessions.

Teaching Schools are emphasising the importance of spotting future teachers in areas with recruitment problems. Charlie Taylor from the National College for Teaching and Leadership said: “I was talking to schools from Skegness and Cleethorpes the other day who said they knew they are going to have to recruit from their own area. So what they are doing is, from an early age, beginning to tap up people with talent and say ‘look, go away to university but stay in touch with us; we would love to get you back to do a training programme’.”

Ashton on Mersey School in Cheshire, a Teaching School, is already sending GCSE pupils to teach ICT in local primary schools and developing its sixth-formers’ teaching capabilities. “It is about developing the characteristics that make really good teachers and cultivating that and making sure that there’s a seed planted at an early age – probably at 14 – around them thinking that it’s a good career aspiration to be a teacher,” said its executive principal Vicky Beer.

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5 thoughts on “Schools train teenagers to become teachers

  1. Its a great idea!
    In the former Advanced GNVQ Unit on IT we had Training IT USERS and I had 2\23 learners from the class inspired to become teachers in FE.
    learners had to plan and lead 2 key skill IT lessons supervised and supported by a mentor or find alternatives outside the classroom which ranged from a primary school Christmas Card making project in DTP to a ghirl guides website! It was tremendously empowering for the learners and great for the wider community of Salford!
    Bring this unit back!
    I’m mnow working in West Brom and we have used a team working unit to hopefully similar great affect training older adults in how to use the internet!

  2. What about the qualified teachers we already have who cant get jobs as it is. Why recruit more. Surely what we want is teachers who have had some life experiences rather than who have just been in education all their lives!

  3. I’m amazed that 6th formers and Yr11’s have the time to go and’ teach’ in other schools! And having worked in a school where a number of staff were former pupils, I feel encouraging people to return to their ‘comfort zone’ does not encourage self-development or a breadth of experience. My own belief is that anyone who wants to teach should spend at least two years doing other jobs to make them aware of what they will actually be preparing young people for. I took a similar route myself and have also met some inspiring, committed teachers who were on a second career, to the benefit of their students.

  4. A sign of just how bad and desperate things are. Rather than tackle the real issue, why intelligent adults with the skills, aptitude and abilities to teach don’t want to do exactly that, go for a cheaper alternative.

    If Gove thinks teaching in this country is so wonderful, why doesn’t he have a go?

  5. I have always maintained the view that training home grown students in schools toward teacher status should be the strategy for all schools. However, I also agree with the view that all unqaulified teachers who have gained at least 2 years experience should be encouraged to gain full qaulifications through a government grant system to all state schools and to the participant. Privately run schools should be encouraged to do the same, in line with offsted standard requirements, in order to promote the genral wellbeing, security and future prospects of their students. Those who wish to pursue a carreer in teaching normally go though gaining their work experience and assesments through voluntary placement. All routes should be considered in order to accomadate those who are enthusiastic about pursuing such a carreer to fill the gap in teaching staff. There is a trend for fuegally motivated privately run schools to employ cheap unqaulified teachers. However, this stategy could give the Education depatment more credibility if they are seen to be encouraging full training for their teachers.

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