Emma Rodrigues – The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance Coordinator
As The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance Coordinator, over the last 4 years I have seen lots of changes in how initial teacher training has developed. Every year our Alliance grows to cope with the challenges of completing an unsalaried PGCE or following the salaried Qualified Teacher route in an evolving educational environment. In The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance we customise our programme to work alongside our partnership providers of Leeds Beckett University, The University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and Bradford College to make our students the most outstanding teachers and leaders who can alter the lives of the students they teach.
I’m the newly appointed ITT and NQT Coordinator at Kettlethorpe High School in Wakefield. We have worked with The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance for several years, hosting trainees for different placements during the academic year. At Kettlethorpe we ensure that trainees get a thorough induction to the school, regular training and a range of classroom experience so as to become enthusiastic, confident and inspirational teachers.
The ASPIRE partnership is made up of four Primary Schools – Morley Victoria, Churwell, Fountain and Asquith. We have worked closely with the Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance for several years and have developed a highly professional partnership.
We have worked hard to promote School Direct with the Teacher Training Institutions and we have an excellent track record of selecting outstanding candidates to carry out their teacher training in our schools.
Prospective teachers wish to train with us because of our excellent track record of ensuring that our trainees are well looked after, guided through their training, supported in their development and because they are fully integrated into the life of our schools as a member of our staff. All of the past ASPIRE trainees have secured jobs at the end of their training, the vast majority of them in one of our four schools. We have a superb track record of developing inspirational teachers with strong values and emotional intelligence, where children are at the heart of everything they do. We make a difference to children’s lives.