Here at Notre Dame we were joined by 34 trainee teachers from the Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) on April 18. They spent the day with us to explore teaching in a sixth form setting.
After refreshments on arrival, and a welcome from Assistant Principal Lucy Johnson who went through the plan for the day, our Principal Justine Barlow talked to the trainee teachers about life in a Catholic sixth form college. Our visitors then went to see our chapel, guided by lay chaplain Andrew Sullivan.
Over the course of the day, each trainee took part in four sessions. They observed a lesson in their subject specialism, found out about the excellent pastoral support we provide at Notre Dame and how we monitor student progress in terms of the curriculum followed, spoke to one of our newly qualified teachers, and considered various scenarios that may occur in a sixth form college and how they would manage them.
A hot lunch was provided, and the event ended with a short plenary session to summarise the day.
Assistant Principal Lucy Johnson said, “The trainee teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day, and many felt inspired to apply for teaching jobs in the sixth form sector".