Training is recognised as outstanding by Ofsted
The 2015/16 Ofsted inspection commented on our “sustained commitment to outstanding teacher training” and “relentless pursuit of excellence”. We were particularly pleased that Ofsted agreed that trainees who train with GITEP “really enjoy teaching”.
Training that is school based and school led
We believe that the best place to learn to teach is in school so our trainees spend most of their time in Partnership schools learning from experienced and highly skilled teachers.
The opportunity to gain a PGCE
Although the programme is predominantly school-based, trainees do have the opportunity to gain a PGCE and most of our trainees do so. The PGCE is awarded by the University of Bristol.
Our track record
GITEP has been training teachers for over 20 years. Our trainees are so successful that our employment rates are consistently above national figures – almost 100% over the last three years. Of our trainees from last year, 70% found employment in our Partnership schools. Many of the mentors, training managers and subject leaders are themselves former GITEP trainees. Their long history of involvement in teacher training, at all levels, makes our leadership team hugely experienced.
Support that is second to none
Our purpose is to recruit and train the best teachers for our schools. We want people who train with GITEP to achieve their full potential. Trainees have a mentor and a training manager in their placement schools, a subject leader who meets them weekly and course leaders who know them well.
Ofsted described GITEP as offering “the richest possible mix of different settings”. Our Partnership includes some of the highest performing schools in the country with seven designated “teaching schools” and 10 schools graded outstanding by Ofsted. They also include a complete mix of comprehensive, selective, mixed and single sex, urban, rural, high attaining and in more challenging circumstances.
Ongoing support in your teaching career
Adfecto is the professional development arm of Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers. They provide support to GITEP trainees through their NQT year and throughout their teaching career.