School Direct works for us

21st December 2012 at 00:00

When the Cabot Learning Federation became a national teaching school in September 2011 we did so with the express intention of creating a new model of initial teacher training that would benefit not only our own schools but also those across Bristol and the South West. We embraced the School Direct training model in particular as we believed it could be implemented across our teaching school alliance and would build upon our existing partnership with the University of the West of England, an "outstanding" provider of teacher education. We began recruitment for our programme in April 2012 and were not disappointed with the calibre and range of experience that our first cohort brought with them. This experience stretched from previous jobs in the NHS and retail sector management, to employment as a teaching assistant and an international reputation within the world of film-making. This is helpful but not as important as how good the trainees are in the classroom. Our experience is that our first School Direct cohort is as talented as any we have worked with in the past, and when we honour the commitment to offer them their first teaching post in the Cabot Learning Federation from September 2013 we are confident that our teaching capacity will be even stronger as a result.

David Carter, Executive principal, Cabot Learning Federation.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now