Modern Language Teacher Trainee, Peterborough

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Oundle SchoolPeterborough

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Oundle School is seeking to recruit good language graduates, including those looking to change career, to train as modern language teachers under a unique national teacher training programme, the National Modern Languages SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). This is the only national teacher training course solely for modern languages, and also represents a partnership between state and independent schools. 

Modern languages are a vital ingredient of a broad and balanced curriculum, preparing our students for the global economy as well as a wide array of cultural opportunities. However, without enough modern languages teachers, we cannot ensure that our students get the high-quality language teaching they deserve. The National Modern Languages SCITT helps tackle this problem by offering an alternative source of outstanding modern language teachers to schools.

This course is different to current teacher training for the following reasons:

  • Schools do not employ the trainee. Instead, schools receive a trainee on a placement and support the trainee with a trained mentor.
  • Trainees have the opportunity to train in both independent and state schools.
  • Trainees receive a tax-free bursary of £26,000 (subject to eligibility and DfE announcement every year) from the government, and a Student Loan if they need it. They use this to pay the £9,000 course fee to the NML SCITT and cover their study and living costs. For EU/EAA nationals, the Government has committed to honouring the bursary for 2018/19 in light of Brexit.
  • All of the training is focused on languages and is led by specialists in modern language teaching. These sessions happen in ‘day schools’ every two weeks in the first term and become more infrequent after this. These sessions will be delivered locally at Oundle School, if we have a large enough group of trainees in our hub, or up in Sheffield where the course is coordinated.

A trainee will spend most of their time in a hub, with placements at two schools. The placements are in a ‘sandwich’ model, with the first placement at their main school, followed by a second placement at another, local school (to provide a contrasting setting). The final placement sees a return to the main school. Oundle School is working together with around ten schools in the area, including Oakham School, Bedford School, Bedford Modern, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy (Wellingborough) and Thomas Deacon Academy (Peterborough) and trainees will be placed in any of these schools.

The one-year course is co-ordinated via our partner, the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, which has at its heart Silverdale School – an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ school with a track record of specialising in modern languages; the school was recently named as the ‘Top State Secondary in the North’ by the Sunday Times.

If you are a graduate with a good degree in languages, or are graduating this year, this could be the first step on the path to a very rewarding career. 

Interested parties should contact Mrs Clare Douglas, Modern Foreign Languages Secretary at for information about our upcoming taster days and send in their CVs with a covering email. More information can also be found at 

Expressions of interest must be received ideally before Monday 4th 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. 

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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
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...