Oundle embraces HMC Teacher Training programme – the new salaried route to teacher training in the independent sector

Oundle School is one of the first independent schools to embrace the new HMC Teacher Training programme (HMCTT), with plans to offer vacancies in a number of subjects commencing September 2015.

The scheme has been introduced by HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), a professional Association of Heads of the world’s leading independent schools. Within the scheme, training and induction will take place ‘on the job’ in a two-year salaried post within an HMC independent senior school (with a pupil age of 11+ or 13+ depending on the school) and lead to a PGCE qualification.

Trainees will be in the classroom with a reduced teaching timetable, giving time for preparing lessons, continuing professional development, study towards the PGCE and other induction and mentoring. They may teach their specialist subject and will also be encouraged to take part in the extra-curricular activities that are so important to school life, enabling them to be part of the school community throughout their training period.

Trainees will broaden their experience through placements at other schools – both HMC schools and partner schools within the maintained sector. They also receive continuous support from their colleagues, from in-school mentors, from HMC, and fellow trainees on the HMC Teacher Training programme, through training and networking opportunities offered both online and face to face.

Employer schools will place trainees on a PGCE course, provided in most cases by the University of Buckingham, and trainees will complete their PGCE within the first year of the HMC Teacher Training programme. The employer school will pay for the PGCE, statutory induction, and other CPD offered by the HMC Teacher Training programme, and the trainee will not be required to contribute to these costs directly.

During the second year of the programme, trainees will undertake statutory induction and networking events provided by the Independent Schools’ Teacher Induction Panel, as well as further training and professional development provided and delivered by HMC.

With 100 positions to be filled by young teachers-to-be by September 2015, a broad education will continue to be developed, up and down the country.

Headmaster, Charles Bush commented, “This HMCTT scheme is exciting and will focus the minds of potential new teachers to find posts in independent schools, to be trained extremely well, and to be launched on a teaching career.  All schools need well trained new teachers to ensure they continue improving and this scheme will assist all HMC schools with their recruitment processes.”

Applications are open for HMCTT: hmcteachertraining.org.uk