Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT) has been created through a partnership of multi-academy trusts. Teaching School Hubs, Curriculum Hubs, Research Schools and existing SCITT providers with many years of experience in leading Initial Teacher Training in their local areas. We offer all the benefits of being part of a large national programme whilst at the same time providing locally delivered school-based training in either a primary or a secondary school.
This allows our trainees to learn in a school environment, as a member of school staff, from day one. This is supported and enhanced through a comprehensive and evidence-informed, centre-based training programme. Our train to teach programme is led by highly skilled teachers and professionals from your local area, who are passionate about education and providing the best possible life chances for the children in our schools.
Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT) will develop exceptional teachers who have a passion for their profession, the skills and knowledge to help all students thrive and a sustaining network of support that will nourish them long after they have finished their induction.
Teaching and learning is at the core of everything we do, with a culture of support and a drive for excellence.
Partnership – Collaboration across local, regional and national networks of a range of experienced, inspiring, respected educational practitioners that provides high-quality, evidence-informed training
Excellence – The Inspiring Future Teachers training programme draws upon people who are passionate about education and processes that aid performance to develop confidence and proficiency in trainees across the three-year induction period and beyond
Curriculum – Our carefully sequenced, evidence-based curriculum, supports the development of trainee understanding and allows appropriate time for application of theory into practice
Support – Working with all stakeholders to ensure our trainee teachers are supported through induction, training and their professional development and develop a rich network that retains their passion for the profession for many years
Our core values of respect, inclusivity, integrity and aspirations for all underpin every aspect of our programme.
At Inspiring Future Teachers, our programme is designed to provide all our trainees with a comprehensive and evidence-informed programme that supports trainees to put theory in to practice, within their own classroom settings. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, meeting nationally recognised standards, whilst retaining the flexibility to meet both personal and local needs.
Trainees teachers can expect to develop knowledge and expertise in: the curriculum (relevant to subject and phase); progression across the Key Stages; effective pedagogy; the latest educational research and theories of teaching and learning; statutory frameworks (safeguarding and inclusion), health and well-being (including child development and behaviour).
They will develop skills and confidence in being able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training year. In addition to this trainee teachers will develop skills to: be more resilient and manage their own workload and work life balance; become reflective practitioners; manage behaviour for learning and teach with creativity to secure progress for learning.
Throughout the training year we support our trainees to develop through:
- A blended learning approach to induction, which is a mix of face-to-face and online, self-study learning, aimed at providing trainees with an insight into the training year;
- A comprehensive, evidence-informed, centre-based training programme, which is delivered through; seminars, tutorials, workshops and discussion;
- Subject and phase specific training focussing on contextualisation and curriculum knowledge;
- Weekly progress reviews with school-based mentors and guidance from other expert colleagues;
- Opportunities to observe other teachers and visit a range of educational settings including: alternative phase placements, special school settings, intensive training and practice weeks, and a second school placement in a contrasting setting;
- An online training platform where consolidation of learning takes place;
- Workload management and resilience training with expert colleagues, through both group and one-to-one settings;
- Wider professional networks and subject and phase specific groups, within our local partnerships and nationally;
- Access to an integrated PGCE programme, in partnership with The University of Brighton, which supports trainees in developing skills in; criticality, reflection and evaluation.
The impact of our curriculum provision and pastoral support, will be evident by confidence and proficiency with which our trainees embark on their Early Career induction. Early Career Teachers will demostrate skills in self-reflection and resilience, as they strive to make a difference to the life chances and opportunities of the children they teach.
IFT are committed to making our education system more inclusive and diverse to reflect the communities and children we serve. This commitment applies to both the recruitment of trainee teachers in our hubs and within our own organisation. We know we can do better.