Mazal tov to all our Teacher Training graduates!
On Thursday 13 July, we celebrated the success of 27 trainees who have successfully achieved Qualified Teacher Status. All graduates have secured jobs for next academic year, including 9 as Jewish Studies teachers. Congratulations to all our graduates!
The graduates were addressed by Alex Kingston, Deputy Headteacher at Wolfson Hillel Primary School and a former Graduate from LSJS herself. She described how teaching is like honey – while there are some sticky moments, it is very sweet to teach due to the rewards teachers gain from their students.
The Chief Rabbi, President of LSJS, gave a Dvar Torah emphasising that the Hebrew roots of the words educate and dedicate were the same.
The Chief Rabbi explained how teachers and schools act as a bridge to our heritage and culture when educating the community’s children. Our young people will not be able to take a stand, without knowledge to allow them to do so.
Graduates were coming to the end of three separate programmes. The 15 on the School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme have been on school placements during the year, received training at LSJS and all succeeded in gaining the Masters Level Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) too. They start their new jobs in
The School Direct Programmes allow participants to train while in employment. Seven participants were employed in primary schools (where the lead school in the consortium is Wolfson Hillel). Four participants are Jewish Studies teachers in secondary schools (where the lead school in the consortium is Yavneh College).
Representatives from each of the three groups spoke to the audience of family, friends, tutors and Headteachers of their different experiences, emphasising the support and guidance they had received from their tutors and mentors.
One Headteacher commented that she was delighted with the quality of the training provided to our candidates over the last few years.