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Launch of Manx Secondary Teacher Training Programme 29 September 2005

    The Department of Education is pleased to announce the start of the pilot year of its teacher training programme leading to the award of Manx Qualified Teacher Status in Secondary Education. The first cohort of 5 post-graduate trainee teachers recently attended Isle of Man College for their induction.

    This one-year full-time programme is being coordinated by the College on behalf of the Department of Education in liaison with five local secondary schools and Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk. The majority of the training is spent in individual guided teaching practice in two local schools – different combinations of school for each trainee. This is complemented by school-based training as well as group sessions at the College taught by visiting Edge Hill tutors.

    The programme was designed to address local difficulties in the recruitment and retention of suitably qualified teachers in shortage subject areas; this year’s trainees are specialising either in Science or ICT. Information will be gathered from local Secondary Head Teachers in the next few months to determine expected shortage subject areas for the following year. An advertisement inviting expressions of interest from potential trainee teachers will appear in the local newspapers early in 2006.

    Further details about the programme can be obtained from Maggie Munden at Isle of Man College – telephone 648200 – or email maggie.munden@iomcollege.ac.im. Manx Qualified Teacher Status

    Back row, from left to right: John Cretney, Colin Moore, Martin Cashen (Trainees); Andrew Spencer (External Consultant to Edge Hill). Front row: Maggie Munden (Manx QTS Coordinator); Felicity Betteridge, Lyndsey Cashen (Trainees).

    29th September 2005

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