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Wanted: Trainee Teachers of Modern Languages

The National Modern Foreign Languages SCITT  (School-centred Initial Teacher Training) as well as the National Maths and Physics SCITT are at the forefront of a DfE initiative to spearhead subject specific teacher training on a national basis in shortage subject areas. Bolton School, as the Northern hub school, is playing its part in the DfE drive to recruit more Mathematics, Physics and MFL teachers.

The National Modern Foreign Languages SCITT, which launched last September and is led by Silverdale School in Sheffield, will exclusively train modern foreign language teachers. You can read about the first MFL SCITT trainee to pass through Bolton School here.

The National Maths and Physics SCITT, which is led by Wycombe High School in High Wycombe, will recruit its first cohort of Maths and Physics teachers in September this year, and is already open for applications. Both SCITTs will operate additional regional hubs led by Bolton School and Dulwich College, and Headington School will partner with Wycombe High School to lead Physics training for the Central Hub. 

The latest advertisement seeking trainee teachers of Modern Languages can be read below.


National Modern Languages SCITT – vacancy advert

Wanted: Trainee Teachers of Modern Languages

Start date: August - September 2018

Length: The course begins officially on 28 August 2018 with acclimatisation and is complete by the third week in June 2019.

Salary: this is a teacher-training route, which attracts a bursary of up to £26,000 (subject to eligibility and DfE announcement every year) from the English government, and a Student Loan if needed. Trainees can use this to pay the £9,000 course fee and cover their study and living costs.
(For EU/EAA nationals, the Government has committed to honouring the bursary for 2018/19 in light of Brexit).

Location: a choice of Bolton, London, Oundle, Oxford or at the SCITT Centre in Sheffield.

Provider: the National Modern Languages School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Qualifications gained: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), both of which are nationally and internationally recognised. The PGCE will be provided by Sheffield Hallam University and includes 60 credits at level 7 (Masters’ level) which are transferable.  Sheffield Hallam are a leading provider of teacher education and were recently rated very highly by Ofsted in all categories.


If you have a modern languages degree or are a native speaker with a degree and want to make a difference, then this could be the career for you. There is a national shortage of language teachers in the UK and so you would be joining a respected profession with excellent opportunities for career progression.

The National Modern Languages SCITT, based in Sheffield, was created in response to this national shortage and focuses solely on training language teachers.

It is different to other teacher training courses because:

  • It is a national, rather than local, provider. This means we can offer you placements across the country.
  • It focuses solely on modern languages, drawing on specialists in this field to ensure that everything you are taught is directly relevant to your future career.
  • It is a partnership between both state and independent schools, offering you placements in both sectors and thereby widening your employment prospects at the end of the course.

The one-year course is a combination of academic training and placements in schools.

Trainees will be based in one of our geographical hubs, which are currently: Bolton, London, Oundle, Oxford or at the SCITT Centre in Sheffield

All trainees come together for sessions at our ‘day school’ in Sheffield. This is based at Silverdale School, which sits at the heart of the National Modern Languages SCITT, and is an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ school, with a track record of specialising in modern languages; the school was recently named as the ‘Top State Secondary in the North’ by the Sunday Times.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for candidates who have the potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for modern languages. You must be able to demonstrate extensive subject knowledge in your chosen language or be a native speaker.

A good honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in at least one modern language is needed. For further information on entry requirements please visit our website or contact our team.

Future prospects:

When it comes to applying for jobs, we will give you all the support you need with applications and interview techniques to help you secure your all-important first job.

Our team has a strong track record of supporting trainees into jobs – across subjects that are much harder to break into than modern languages.


Further information about the course, funding and how to apply can be found at: https://www.nationalmodernlanguages.com/

Or call 0114 235 7980 to talk to our dedicated team and find out more.

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