Mathematics and Physics Teacher Trainee, Northamptonshire

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Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Trainees receive a tax-free bursary of £26,000 or £28,000 (subject to eligibility and DfE announcement every year)
Contract term: Permanent

Oundle School is seeking to recruit high-quality recent graduates of Mathematics, Physics or related degrees, or professionals looking to move into the education sector to train as Mathematics or Physics teachers as part of the National Maths and Physics School Centred Initial Teacher Training (NMAPS) scheme from September 2020. 

The national shortage of teachers of Mathematics and Physics is a crisis which will only result in a greater shortage as too often pupils leave school without having experience of high-quality teaching in these subjects. The National Maths and Physics SCITT is designed to help to address this problem through partnership between both maintained and independent schools.

The SCITT approach is different to traditional teacher training in the following ways:

  • Trainees spend the majority of their time in schools, not universities.
  • Schools do not employ the trainee. Instead, schools receive a trainee on a placement and support the trainee with a trained mentor.
  • Successful applicants will experience placements at local independent and state schools to ensure that they are fully prepared to take up rewarding positions in a wide variety of schools. 
  • Trainees receive a tax-free bursary of £26,000 or £28,000 (subject to eligibility and DfE announcement every year) from the Department of Education, and a Student Loan if required. Trainees will use this to pay the £9,000 course fee to the NMAP SCITT and cover their study and living costs. 
  • Training focused on Mathematics or Physics teaching is led by specialists in the teaching of these subjects. These sessions happen in Oundle School for one day each week.

Oundle School acts as the NMAPS hub school, with the majority of trainees unlikely to have placements with us. Trainees will spend the majority of their time in their two placement schools which will be complementary, giving a varied experience of schools. The placement schools with which we are working span part of the East Midlands and into East Anglia. This allows us to place trainees in schools close to their homes.

If you are a graduate with a good degree in a related subject, are graduating this year, or would like to change careers this could be a very exciting opportunity for you to take the first step on the path to an enormously rewarding career.

Interested parties should contact Mr Oliver Peck, Head of Science and Technology, at for information about our upcoming School Experience days. Please send in your CV with a covering e-mail. The application process is then completed via UCAS. More information can also be found at  

Expressions of interest must be received before Monday 1st June.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

More about Oundle School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Oundle, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 4GH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1832 277112
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Oundle School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school based in Northamptonshire for students aged 11-18. 

Oundle School was established in 1556. It is run as a charitable trust and is administered by a governing body, which inclu...