A teacher training network, based at Wycombe High School, has won a prestigious contract to spearhead a national campaign to find engineers to teach in schools.
The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT, which is based at Wycombe High School, will recruit both engineering graduates and engineers who are thinking of changing careers. Successful candidates will train to teach Physics at secondary schools around the country.
Cathy Hillier, Director of the NMAP SCITT said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this initiative to find high-calibre people to teach Physics to children in our schools. The course will also utilise the fantastic practical experience and knowledge that engineers have, which can help to make Physics come alive for students”.
Wycombe High School Headteacher, Sharon Cromie, added: “Engineers converting to teaching will be helping to shape the future of the country. Wycombe High, and the other schools involved, have large numbers of Physics students at both GCSE and A-level and they will benefit hugely from having engineers teaching Physics in their classrooms.
“From climate change to secure energy sources, engineers and physicists help find solutions to some of our biggest problems. We need their problem-solving skills and creative thinking to help us survive some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced”.
Now in its fourth year, the Wycombe-based NMAP SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) has grown from 13 trainees in its first year, to more than 70 trainees nationally. To find out more, please visit: www.beateacher.co.uk.