Initial Teacher Training at Dorothy Stringer
Dorothy Stringer School has an excellent and long-standing reputation for high quality Teacher Training. In partnership with the Schools of Education at Brighton and Sussex Universities, we train up to 36 Trainee Teachers a year, across most subjects following various routes. Our trainee teachers consistently rate their experiences here as good or outstanding.
"Stringer is a fantastic school and I'm so fortunate to have been part of such a supportive and helpful environment for my first placement - there are so many opportunities to get involved in lots of different
aspects of the school, I've really enjoyed my time here." Maths trainee
Our intention is to instil a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in all our trainee teachers. As a city school, Dorothy Stringer has a comprehensive intake of pupils. As such we are able to provide our trainees with a wide range of pedagogical and classroom management skills necessary to engage and challenge all pupils with a variety of learning needs.
"This placement has really given me the confidence in recognizing my potential to be an excellent teacher. The PE department and whole school has welcomed me in and have fully supported my development to becoming a competent teacher." PE trainee
Establishing the conditions in which pupils are happy and enthusiastic about learning is central to our practice; skilful, committed and vibrant teaching is at the heart of our school. We believe trainee teachers, who are continually supported by experienced mentors and classroom practitioners, bring a vitality and enthusiasm to our school and our students. We offer a rich and diverse programme of Professional Studies, drawing on the experience of many experienced practitioners in the school, both teaching and non-teaching staff.
"The support from the training team has been excellent throughout the placement. From day one,
as trainees, we were made to feel extremely welcome and each Professional Studies session has
been planned specifically to ensure that we make progress in regard to the Standards and develop
our own teaching practice." History trainee
"The Professional Studies sessions were most helpful because they have given us practical ideas for stretching, challenging and supporting all students." Science trainee
We strive to promote excellent practice through example. This, together with sustained mentoring and support, enables our trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and skilful teachers. Trainees are also expected to participate in the varied and dynamic fabric of school life beyond the classroom. They take part in our rich extra-curricular programme in order to understand the benefit and joy of educating the whole child. Under supervision our trainees also provide care for our students as co-tutors in the pastoral system and work with the SEND department, providing nurture and additional support to our most vulnerable students. This element of their work ensures they are well prepared for the myriad of roles they are expected to play in their NQT year. It also allows trainees to establish an understanding of a range of whole-school issues, the values and assumptions that underpin them, and their application to school and classroom practice.
Our commitment to excellence and aspiration for all whilst developing the whole young person is the foundation for our student teachers to go forward to inspire and educate the all pupils they will have the privilege to teach over the coming years.
"I have been extremely impressed with the training team at Stringer who are always available if you need them. The passion and positivity they have for their work can't fail to rub off on you!" Geography trainee
The diverse and dynamic training programme on offer at Dorothy Stringer, alongside the skilled and professional mentoring trainees receive, mean we produce teachers who are ready and excited to gain employment. This is of great value when we seek to recruit staff: indeed over a third of our current teaching staff was trained at the school.
Routes into Teaching
PGCEs: Traditionally, most of our trainees have taken the Post Graduate Certificate of Education route into teaching. This is a year-long course currently run as a partnership between schools and universities (Brighton and Sussex) in which trainees undertake two placements in different schools.
School Direct: We are involved in a successful partnership with all the other secondary schools in Brighton and Hove for the new School Direct programme. The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained. It is an exciting route into teaching which allows schools to shape and influence the way ITT is delivered that better meets the need of the school..
We work in close partnership with the universities of Sussex and Brighton. Details about local and national recruitment events will be published on the home page of the school website.
School Experience: We welcome many visitors throughout the year who wish to experience life in a vibrant, popular comprehensive school and to find out whether teaching is the right career for them. Anyone who wishes to gain experience in this way will be subject to safe-guarding scrutiny and CRB checks. If you have any queries please email the pertinent Head of Department.
If you would like any information about training at Dorothy Stringer please contact:
Liz Uren -Deputy Headteacher: Teaching and Learning & Professional Tutor
T: (01273) 852222