The report on “the new wave of teacher training courses” on Tuesday (p43) is important reading for anyone who cares about the success of school pupils but it omitted to mention a new career path which has opened up. The HMC, which represents the heads of the UK’s leading independent schools, is currently recruiting to its first teacher training programme starting in August. Given the alarming recruitment and retention crisis and the need to train and develop high quality teachers, it is a significant development. HMC Teacher Training is school-based and leads to a recognised PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status. Successful applicants are paid to train within a vibrant, successful and supportive environment in some of the country’s leading independent schools and are also required to gain experience teaching in state schools, qualifying them to work in both the independent and state sectors. We are hopeful that this new initiative will both increase the numbers staying in teaching long-term and assist the stated ambition of all political parties to create the highest standards of teaching and school leadership.
Richard Harman, Chairman of HMC and headmaster of Uppingham School