ISC introduces Teacher Training website

Posted on: 20 Nov 2014

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has launched a new portal for the thousands of graduates in the UK considering teaching in independent schools, and for ISC Schools hoping to train them.

ISC Teacher Training offers guidance on some of the routes into teaching and training, funding options, career opportunities for trainees and FAQs for both trainees and independent schools.

The independent school sector attracts a high calibre of graduates, who can offer specialist teaching in their subject. These teachers are able to pass on excellent subject knowledge and, with the help of their training school, very high standards of teaching to all age groups.

Barnaby Lenon, ISC Chairman, said:

“There are currently over 54,000 full-time equivalent teachers in ISC independent schools. We hope that by launching this portal - the first of its kind in the sector - more graduates will take up teaching positions in independent schools. We explain how they can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and/or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), ultimately going on to educate and inspire the 511,000 pupils in our schools."

Sarah Evans, ISC ITT consultant, said:

“We saw real need for clear information for graduates wanting to teach in independent schools, and for schools wishing to train their own teachers.

“New teachers are choosing to train in the independent sector because of the focus on educating the whole child, the huge variety of schools they can choose to teach in and the opportunity to engage in full extra-curricular programmes.

“Independent schools are encouraging potential new teachers to train in their schools and gain a qualification that is transferable across the maintained and independent sectors. Schools can build on the subject specialism of the graduates, provide high quality training in teaching and instill the values and ethos of the school to produce the next generation of excellent teachers. In this way the schools are making a commitment to the national educational sector as a whole.”


Notes to editors:

About ISC schools The Independent Schools Council (ISC) brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors. Through our member associations we represent over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.

These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year. ISC schools in Britain contribute £9.5 billion to the economy, slightly larger than the City of Liverpool or the BBC. ISC schools generate £3.6 billion in tax and support 227,200 people in employment.

Our eight member associations are Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, Girls’ Schools Association, the Independent Association of Prep Schools, the Independent Schools Association, the Society of Heads, the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association and the Council of British International Schools.

About Sarah Evans Sarah Evans OBE previously ran the Friends’ School in Saffron Waldon and was Principal of King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham until 2013. Sarah is a well-respected figure within the independent sector and has conducted extensive research into school leadership. Sarah has chaired the cross association Independent Schools Teachers Induction Panel and its Board for a number of years. Sarah is also a Governor of three independent schools and works with state schools as an National Leader of Education and Chair of a Teaching School Alliance.