We have a strong culture of ITT development within the academy, in fact over a third of our staff were ITTs at the academy (of whom 8 are now successful HODs).
We host 30+ ITT placements each year for trainee teachers working towards their PGCE qualification. We have developed highly successful partnerships working with Durham University, The University of Sunderland, Northumbria University, Shotton Hall and Durham SCITT.
Part of our ethos is that many departments take ITTs, over the last 3 years we have taken trainees in English, maths, MFL, art, business, PE, science, RS, music, drama, health and social care, history, geography, ICT/computing, design and technology, and food. ITTs are very successful at Macmillan – 97% of trainees in the last three years have successfully completed their placements.
We offer a bespoke training programme for all ITTs led by our Lead Induction Tutor. This complete package offers weekly training, mentoring and joint observations with feedback to ensure consistency of judgements and quality assurance of assessment documentation. We pride ourselves on our experienced team of mentors and ensure that regular in house and HEI training is delivered to continually upskill our staff in this vital role. New mentors are encouraged and supported continually.