First MFL SCITT Trainee Through Bolton School
Friday, 09 February 2018
As Spring Half-term concludes, Steph Millar has become the first trainee teacher to pass through Bolton School Girls’ Division as part of a new national Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme. The innovative link-up between state and independent schools is led by top Sheffield comprehensive Silverdale School and is aimed at attracting more Modern Languages’ teachers. Bolton School is the Northern partner and hub school for the scheme and it is anticipated that Steph will be the first of many trainees passing through the school.
Steph spent a busy half-term at Bolton School, taking on a Year 8 and Year 10 Spanish class as well as undertaking some team teaching with Year 7 French, Year 7 Spanish and Year 9 French. She shadowed a Year 10 Form in order to get a better understanding of the role of a Form Tutor and also shadowed the life of the MFL department, attending INSET, departmental meetings and even consultation evenings. She completed lots of lesson observations in the department and to gain an idea of teaching languages across all stages, she also visited Bolton School Junior Girls’ School to see younger pupils being taught French. During her placement, Steph also observed a PSHEE lesson and some History lessons in order to help her with her Content and Language Integrated Learning assignment (teaching subjects such as science, history and geography to students through a foreign language).
Looking back over the past six weeks, Steph said: “I have enjoyed my placement at Bolton School. The pupils are polite and hardworking and the teachers are dedicated and supportive. I am especially grateful to the MFL department for their guidance and encouragement. I have learned a lot from them about the teaching profession.”
Steph now returns to Silverdale School to complete her professional training and to her first placement near Sheffield as she strives to achieve her Post Graduate Certificate in Education and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
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