West Lakes Teaching School is delighted to have been awarded funding from the Department for Education to run an internships programme for prospective teachers.

The internships programme, which will run in the summer term 2019, is aimed at attracting new mathematics and physics teachers to the profession.

Targeted at second year undergraduates studying physics or mathematics at university, the internships scheme will offer a four week long placement in one of three west Cumbrian schools: Cockermouth School, Furness Academy or West Lakes Academy. Interns will be paid £300 a week for the duration of their placement.

Interns will get the opportunity to observe expert teachers, support students with experiments, and plan and lead parts of lessons. They will take part in weekly training sessions at West Lakes Academy and will be mentored by an expert mathematics or physics teacher in their placement school.

As well as giving the interns a taste of life as a teacher, the programme will help them to prepare to apply for a teacher training place in September 2020, once they have been awarded their degree.

Director of West Lakes Teaching School Alliance, Abby Deeks said:

“There is a pressing need to recruit high quality physics and mathematics teachers into schools on the west coast of Cumbria. Schools struggle to recruit subject-specialists in these two areas and, as a result, students’ outcomes in these subjects fall significantly behind the national average.

“Our aim through delivering this scheme will be to inspire all interns to apply for initial teacher training courses in 2020-21, to complete this training in west Cumbrian schools, and to go on to become the high quality physics and mathematics teachers that our west Cumbrian children need.”

Head of West Lakes Academy, James Jackson added:

“On the back of it being confirmed by the DfE that our GCSE progress score for 2018 was in the top 14% of schools in the country, to receive this fantastic news made it quite a week! We look forward to welcoming potential teachers to West Cumbria to show them what a rewarding and exciting profession this can be.”

There has already been significant interest in the internships scheme from undergraduate students at both Durham University and the University of Central Lancashire. If you are a second year mathematics or physics undergraduate and would like to find out more, please contact tsa@westlakesacademy.org.uk

For more information on internships please visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience/paid-internships