Cheadle Hulme School, Manchester, has joined a rosta of leading schools to become a regional teacher training hub for mathematics. As the newest member of the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), Cheadle Hulme has been recognised as a centre of excellence for the subject.

Cheadle Hulme is now one of eight hubs working with partner schools in their areas to deliver high quality classroom-based maths teacher training. Other independents signed up to the scheme include Charterhouse, Bolton School and Dulwich College.

Recruitment onto the pioneering programme will begin in the new year, for maths trainees to begin in the classroom from September 2020.

SCITT programmes are aimed at both new graduates and career changers and enable a new generation of teachers to benefit from highly practical, school-based training.

The National Mathematics and Physics (NMAP) SCITT is the only school-centred provider delivering dedicated mathematics and physics teacher training. It has been developed in partnership with experts from the Institute of Physics and the Mathematical Association.

Trainees will spend most of their time at Cheadle Hulme, building their confidence and experience, with weekly academic theory sessions to support their development. They will also work for six weeks in a contrasting second school to broaden their experience.

At the end of the one year SCITT programme, trainees will receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits towards a Masters qualification.

Mathematics at Cheadle Hulme is a consistently strong department. In 2019, 84 per cent of A-level candidates gained A*-B grades, whilst 100 per cent of further maths candidates gained A*-B grades.