Stourport teacher training provider gets government backing

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Faye Green

The Department for Education has announced that provider Stourport SCITT (School Centered Initial Teacher Training) is one of only 80 to have passed the mark and be allowed to continue offering school-led teacher training at the beyond 2024.

Stourport SCITT is part of the Severn Academies Educational Trust and has trained over 200 new teachers since its inception in 2014, making it the longest running provider of its kind in Worcestershire.

Chris King, chief executive of the trust, praised Stourport SCITT director Fay Green, describing her as ‘the driving force behind success’.

He added: “We are delighted that our SCITT has been successfully reaccredited through this demanding and competitive DfE process. We look forward to seeing the program grow and continue to strengthen.”

Miss Green, who is also a teacher at Stourport Primary Academy, has been the principal manager since 2014 and headmistress since September 2021.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome. The strength of our program has been recognized as well established and also has the vision and innovation to train the teachers of the future.”

Bespoke school-led teacher training lasts one year and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters level credits upon successful completion, awarded by Birmingham City University.

Students learn at Stourport SCITT’s dedicated training center in Kingsway and ‘on the job’ in its network of primary and secondary schools across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Nationally, 216 providers applied for reaccreditation in the first round, compared to 240 operating in England last year. The DfE is asking others to apply for the second round, which is about to begin.

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