A new development programme for teachers at the start of their career has been launched by Star Institute, in partnership with Blackpool teaching schools. The programme is funded by the Blackpool Opportunity Area which aims to improve attainment and progress in Blackpool schools. This is part of a wider project; Teach Blackpool. The ultimate objective of the Teach Blackpool project is to recruit and retain high quality teachers in Blackpool to improve attainment and progress in Blackpool schools.
Leading education learning and development organisation Star Institute will be working with around 20 schools across Blackpool, including Fylde Coast Academy Trust schools. Through the programme, Star Institute will support schools to ensure teachers who have joined in September, or joined teaching in the last three years, are accessing the training they need for their development. The programme will also offer networking events for Early Career Teachers to provide support through expert and teacher ambassadors, along with providing them with the opportunity to form strong peer networks. Funding will be available for each school that is part of the programme for up to two days of teaching cover to ensure the Early Career Teachers are able to fully engage with the programme without adding to workload.
This funded project aligns with the new Early Career Framework (ECF), published by the DfE as part of the Recruitment and Retention Strategy. Part of their commitment is to increase support for Early Career Teachers (ECTs). The ECF underpins an entitlement to a fully-funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers. Once rolled out nationally, early career teachers will experience improved support across their first two years of teaching,
Star Institute is committed to the professional and personal development of the school workforce and to making a significant contribution to a self-improving school system. Star Institute, which is the learning and development arm of Star Academies, exists to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers, support staff, senior leaders and school governors.
Sophie Backen, Head of Leadership and Development at Star Institute, said: “Our early career support programme will bring together the Early Career Framework and make it relevant for Blackpool teachers. We look forward to giving new teachers in Blackpool the support and skills needed to help them thrive and to improve outcomes for pupils.”
Tony Nicholson, CEO of Fylde Coast Academy Trust said: “As the learning and development centre for Star Academies, Star Institute is well placed to deliver such an important programme with the potential to directly impact on pupil outcomes. We are confident that our teachers can benefit from this programme to support them through their early careers.”
The full Teach Blackpool support programme also includes expert coaching, delivered by Ambition Institute, and training for middle and senior leaders to be effective coaches, delivered by the Prince’s Teaching Institute.
For more information about the Early Career Teachers programme or if your school would like to be involved please go to the Star Institute website: www.starinstitute.org.uk/teacher-development
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