A WITHAM school is urging budding teachers within the community to apply to train on their doorstep.

Maltings Academy offers Essex ITT teacher training, giving those interested in the career an opportunity to work and train at the same time.

Trainees would spend one academic year teaching a timetable with support with other training in the week.

They would get Qualified Teacher Status at the end and will have the opportunity to teach at secondary, primary and Special Educational Needs levels.

Assistant headteacher Luke Kilvert is keen to hear from graduates with A to C grades in GCSE English and maths.

He said: “We are keen to invest even more into our teacher training, so we can ‘grow our own’ and develop teachers within the academy.

“We would love to see more people from the Witham area coming to train to teach with us.

"What better way to relate to and inspire our young people than to show you were where they are now, to show you understand the community they are growing up within.

"If you train to teach somewhere you go on to teach, it makes life easier as you already know the processes, the students and the fabric of the school.”

Maths trainee Tahsin Chowdhury joined in 2021 and has hailed the program.

He added: "I have learnt so much through my placement at Maltings Academy, from pedagogy to behaviour management.

“Before joining Maltings, I had classroom experience, but I was yet to find my teacher voice and to develop my classroom presence.

“The most worthwhile experience has been having my lessons scrutinised by my mentor and head of department; through their advice and tutelage, my lesson planning has developed tremendously and I can now plan effective lessons in half of the time."

While employment at the end of training is not guaranteed, the school say many trainees have become fulltime members of staff at Maltings on qualifying.

Applications are invited up until the last day of the academic year in July, with training starting in September.

Contact Luke Kilvert on lkilvert@maltingsacademy.org if you are interested in training.