Scheme aims to help people into teaching

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A borough school is offering people the chance to get into teaching.

George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, is inviting people to apply for its School Direct training programme.

We are looking for applications from people who have the potential to be brilliant teachers.

Lynn Simpson, teaching school director

Graduates or those looking for a career change are given teacher training and on-the-job training.

And successful candidates could be eligible for tax free bursaries of up to £25,000.

Lynn Simpson, teaching school director, said: “If you want to inspire local children to fulfil their potential then we want to hear from you.

“We are looking for applications from people who have the potential to be brilliant teachers.

“Working in partnership with Newcastle University and our network of schools across North Tyneside, School Direct allows us to customise the training to meet the needs of both the schools and the trainees, who gain practical experience. It is a great way to learn and qualify to become a teacher.”

The high school is holding an open week this month, and again in June.

To attend, register at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep or contact Lisa Moll on (0191) 216 5151 teachingschoolalliance@gshs.org.uk

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is on hand to help people through the application process.

To find out more about School Direct within the George Stephenson Teaching School Alliance, visit www.gshs.org.uk

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of NCTL, said: “Teaching is a brilliant job that now attracts more top graduates than ever.”

“School Direct allows individuals to learn alongside some of the best teachers working in our classrooms today, and be part of the team from day one.

“By offering outstanding training and development, schools are attracting the very best new teachers.”