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We have a thriving Initial Teacher Training programme at Longsands, where we work in partnership with a number of training providers to support a variety of different routes into teaching.  We aim to provide the best possible experience to our trainee teachers and we are proud of the opportunities that we offer, including high quality mentoring and personalised support.  ​

As a school we benefit enormously from our links with training providers, including keeping up to date with recent developments in educational research. Our work with trainee teachers provides us with excellent recruitment opportunities; the majority of the Newly Qualified Teachers that we have appointed in the last three years have completed a placement with us during their training year.

Now Teach
Aimed at career changers, Now Teach is an organisation that supports experienced professionals who are looking for a new challenge as a teacher.

University-led training
We have partnerships with both the University of Cambridge and the University of Bedfordshire, where we offer placements to trainees on PGCE courses in a range of subjects.

SCITT and School Direct
School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) courses are school-based practical training, underpinned by educational studies on one day a week, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees spend four days a week in the Academy, teaching lessons and observing teaching within and beyond their subject specialism. In conjunction with The Cambridge Partnership and CTSN we offer both SCITT and School Direct routes into teaching.





Praise for Initial Teacher Training at Longsands

“Many thanks to all the staff at Longsands, the placement has been such a positive start to my teaching career.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Longsands Academy and am sad to be leaving. I really value the relationships with the other members of staff that I have built and am very appreciative of the time they have given me to support me with my teaching.”

“Longsands has been an excellent place to develop my pedagogical skills. I have felt well-supported throughout the process and made to feel welcome as a teacher (not just a trainee) within the department.”

“I have greatly enjoyed my time at Longsands Academy and have especially valued my time working alongside both my mentor and the rest of the science department; the support I have been given has hugely contributed to the growth I have made as a teacher through both aiding my improvement in subject knowledge, as well as teaching technique.”

Interested in becoming a teacher?
Further information about Initial Teacher Training can be found on the Department for Education’s Get into teaching website.

If you would like to find out more about a career in teaching, or would like to arrange an opportunity to visit us at Longsands, please Deborah Gordon (Assistant Principal: Curriculum and Professional Development) via

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