Merton schools to offer teacher training opportunities

Fourteen Merton schools which are part of the teacher training initiative, Teach Wimbledon, are coming together to offer all those interested in becoming a qualified teacher, advice on where to train and which schools in the borough offer teacher training places.

Led by Ursuline High School and Ricards Lodge High School, representatives from the schools within Teach Wimbledon will be on hand at a special event at Wimbledon Library on Wednesday 7 October 3pm-7pm to offer advice on applying to train as a primary or secondary school teacher at the Teach Wimbledon schools, what to expect at teacher training college and in the classroom as well as the different elements of the professional qualification, Post Graduate Certificate for Education (PGCE).  There will also be an opportunity to talk to current students about what makes a great teacher. The Teach Wimbledon schools work in partnership with the University of Roehampton, which is the awarding body for the PGCE.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We have many excellent teachers in Merton and the schools within Teach Wimbledon are great places to learn about the profession and to establish a solid foundation for a successful career.”

Head teacher of Ricards Lodge Alison Jerrard and head teacher of Ursuline High School Julia Walters said: “Teaching is an incredibly important profession which helps establish the future and life chances of our young people. Seeing children develop into fully-fledged members of the community, discovering their own interests and skills, is incredibly rewarding and we want to encourage the brightest people into the profession to ensure generations of children to come can benefit from the opportunities a good education can offer.”

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