Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE) prepare to welcome their first cohort of experienced professionals as they launch the Chartered Teacher Programme.
At the beginning of the year, the teacher training provider was announced as one of only eleven providers to support the delivery of the programme, which celebrates excellence in teaching.
The KNSTE, which is part of Shaw Education Trust, are on track to launch the course this month, with fellow Chartered Teachers singing the praises of the courses and urging colleagues to apply.
Principal of Sneyd Academy, Rosina Lee, said: “It is clear that this a course designed by the profession for the profession. It has been a vehicle for ambitious teachers to gain experience and develop pedagogy.
“I have seen teachers grow in confidence and being innovative in their approaches but also encouraging others to experiment. It has led to a more creative and stimulated workforce and in turn produced motivated pupils.”
The course consists of a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, including online debates, webinars, literature reviews and lesson observations, as well as a range of reflection and peer review activities.
Current course participant and teacher at Sneyd Academy, Laura Brown, commented: “I always think that if I can do anything to improve my practice then I will do it.
“What steered me towards this particular programme was the fact that it gets you to question yourself and really reflect on what you do, as well as to challenge research and why we do what we do.”
While programme participants warn of the amount of work that must be undertaken, all are in agreement of the benefits of the course.
Primary teacher Sian Jones said: “With support from the school and others on the course, the workload is manageable and it has helped me to improve my practice and benefited the children in my class.”
For more information about the Chartered Teacher Programme and how KNSTE can further your teaching career, visit: www.knste-shaw.org.uk