As Director of the Teaching School provision at Coldfall Primary School – a lead school in a partnership currently numbering 14 – Dan Walker works closely with Middlesex University and recruits up to 20 students at a time for Schools Direct teacher training in a variety of North London locations.
“We’ve had a long-term relationship with Middlesex for over 10 years,” Dan says.
“We’re very happy; we know the tutors well, and it’s a good university.
“We are also very well established among lead schools. People know that, by working with Middlesex and with local schools, we develop well-qualified, well-trained teachers. In turn, we also provide the local community with sought-after educators.”
The proof is in the quick career progression experienced by many Coldfall-trained teachers.
“We’ve had many graduates become subject leaders within just a few years of qualifying; others have gone on to assistant headship and deputy headship,” Dan says.
“Our trainees are more than ready when they’re qualified; they know the job and they enjoy it greatly.”