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Step to Teaching - Graduate Internship Recruitment

EES for Schools is delighted to offer a new service to support schools in attracting talented interns who are interested in a career in schools and education. The service is open to all primary, secondary and special schools. The expectation is to have the first cohort of interns in school in September 2016.

The proposition follows meetings with headteachers from ASHE, EPHA and ESSET recognising the need for an additional route for graduates to experience school life before committing to a year’s ITT. Ideal if you are considering School Direct placements, the internships will give you access to potential trainees who may want to continue their careers with you.

This scheme is being opened up to schools across Essex as a route into teaching. EES for Schools will provide a brokered service for interested schools, managing advertising, applications, initial shortlisting, support with assessment design and initial induction day for the group of interns. Schools will be highly involved in the selection and appointment process so you can work with other headteachers to determine the best matches for your schools.

Interns will spend a maximum of one year with you during which they will receive support from you and EES for Schools in preparing them to make an application for further study on an ITT programme or other Masters course. As schools are free to work with an ITT provider of their choosing, upon completion of the Step to Teaching programme, schools can encourage interns to apply to that provider for a placement in their school during their ITT year.

The advertising process commences in April with interviews and assessment scheduled for June and July 2016. If you think your school would benefit from having interns, you will be able to sign up via the EES for Schools website from 11 April, where you will also find further details about the Step to Teaching programme.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pearl Gibson, Commissioner for Initial Teacher Training


What is Step to Teaching?

A school-based internship for graduates looking to gain more experience of working in a school before committing to an ITT programme or further Masters Study. Interns will be employed by the school for a maximum of one year. They will be provided with a mentor by the school and be given a training plan to follow which will prepare them for their next steps towards a career in school.

Why be involved?

You may be thinking ahead to future vacancies and having a pathway to fill them, or you may be looking for a short term resource to improve outcomes in your school. The Step to Teaching programme is the ideal way to find a talented graduate to join your workforce.

How to get involved?

Further details about the programme and an expression of interest form will be available at from 11 April.