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 our trainees “really enjoy teaching”.
Training that is school based and school led
We believe that the best place to learn to teach is in school. 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 dominantly school-based, trainees do have the opportunity to gain a PGCE and most of our trainees do so. This is awarded by the University of Bristol.
Our track record
GITEP has been training teachers for over 20 years. Our trainees are successful and our employment rates are consistently above national figures – almost 100% over the last three years. Last year over 70% of our trainees were employed in Partnership schools. Many of the mentors, training managers and subject leaders are themselves former GITEP trainees. The leadership team is hugely experienced with a long history of involvement in teacher training at all levels.
Support that is second to none
Our purpose is to recruit and train the best teachers for our schools. We want trainees 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”. The Partnership includes some of the highest performing schools in the country with 7 designated “teaching schools” and 10 schools graded outstanding by Ofsted. Across the Partnership we have schools which are comprehensive, selective, mixed and single sex, urban, rural, high attaining and in more challenging circumstances.
Ongoing support in your teaching career
Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers has its own professional development arm, Adfecto, and GITEP trainees will be supported through their NQT year and throughout their teaching career.