Carmel Teacher Training Partnership

Carmel Teacher Training Partnership works with a variety of schools across the North East region to deliver the School Direct and SCITT training programme in both primary and secondary educational settings. The partnership currently includes 15 secondary schools and 28 primary schools, spanning across 12 local authorities, from North Yorkshire to Northumberland.

CTTP Website

CTTP Lead: Marielle Thonnart - ITT Lead

Frances Shorten - Primary ITT Lead

"Marielle joined Carmel in 2011 and has since enjoyed a variety of roles around the school, from Confucius Classroom manager to International Coordinator. Marielle has been actively involved in supporting professional development for many years, as ITT and NQT mentor, Partnership Link Tutor and as a trainer and facilitator for various programmes, including ITT, TSST, school-to-school support and NPQML. Prior to joining the CTTP team as ITT and Secondary Lead in 2020, Marielle had held the position of Curriculum Leader for MFL for 5 years. Marielle is also lead for the Assessment Only Route to QTS and oversees NQT induction as an Appropriate Body"

"Frances Shorten joined CTTP as Primary ITT Lead, after having worked for over 30 years in education, her most recent post as a Primary School Head Teacher. Her experience includes working with children from 3-13 years in Primary and Middle Schools, in a range of contexts. Within the team, Frances role involves supporting the Primary Schools and their trainees throughout the course."

CTTP’s Initial Teacher Training takes primary (5-11) and secondary (11-16) candidates under the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct programmes and provides a great alternative to training through a university.

The training is school based, with trainees based in partnership schools for the duration of the programme, and it offers practical, job-based learning. The course aims to promote excellence in all aspects of education through focused central and school-based training activities and by offering a bespoke training programme which meets the individual needs of trainees in both primary and secondary schools. Its ultimate goal is to develop skilled, reflective and creative practitioners who will enthuse and inspire future generations.

CTTP offers an extensive support system which ensures that all trainee teachers reach their true potential, including dedicated professional tutors and subject mentors in all partnership schools. Along with the award of QTS at the end of their training year, trainees on the programme will also be able to achieve PGCE qualification through St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. In addition to the Masters Modules delivered by St Mary’s University ‘Flying Faculty’, the course content includes General Professional Studies (Professional Role of a Teacher, Safeguarding, Behaviour for Learning, SEN(D), EAL, Literacy across the Curriculum, Assessment, Tracking, Pupil Progress, Data, Equality and Diversity) as well as Subject Specialism Pedagogy and Subject Knowledge.

High-quality and personalised training contributes well to trainees’ and NQTs’ development as reflective, confident teachers who are deeply committed to their own professional development. (OFSTED, 2018)

I believe CTTP have always strived for us to realise the full potential in ourselves. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and developed as teacher but also in myself. I have gained more confidence and a whole new set of skills to enter into teaching with. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

This year has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. The programme adopts a holistic approach to teaching so that you are well prepared to become an NQT. (Secondary trainee, 2020)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience on the CTTP programme and have found the support provided invaluable in equipping me as a teacher. The structure of the programme is integral in this, having provided me with extensive experience as a teacher from the very first day. (Primary trainee, 2020)

The level of support and guidance has been outstanding throughout the year, which has really helped me progress. (Primary trainee, 2020)