Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Appeal for more ethnic teachers to come forward

14:00 11 February 2013

The deadline for secondary school applications is October 31

The deadline for secondary school applications is October 31

A LEADING teacher training provider is appealing for potential trainee teachers from black and ethnic minority groups to come forward.

The Thames Primary School Centred Initial Teaching Training (SCITT) organisation, which works with primary schools in Colchester, is seeking recruitment for the year-long course starting in September.

Course director Jo Palmer-Tweed said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are or what background you come from, we welcome anyone looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career with opportunities for progression.

“We are however particularly seeking applications from candidates from black and ethnic minority groups.

“We are sure there are some excellent potential candidates from black and ethnic minority backgrounds out there who might not have previously considered teaching as a profession and we would love to hear from them.”

The applicants must have a second-class degree or above and GCSE passes in maths and English.

Tuition fee and maintenance loans are available for trainees as well as maintenance grants and bursaries.

Ms Palmer-Tweed added: “There are only a handful of teachers from these groups represented in our primary schools and considering more than 20% of primary pupils in England come from an ethnic minority background it is something which desperately needs to change.”

“Teaching is not only a fantastic career, but it also provides a unique opportunity to become a positive role model, inspiring and encouraging future generations and making a tangible difference to the lives of young people.”

1 comment

  • "More ethnic teachers". What is this supposed to mean? ALL teachers have one ethnicity or another, so by definition it's impossible to have "more ethnic teachers". Or do you mean to say "more teachers from ethnic minorities"?

    Report this comment


    Monday, February 11, 2013

Police were deployed to the scene

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Jonathon Porritt - Friends of the Earth director by Sizewell A April 1986

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted.

Nancy Blackett in sail on the River Orwell. The sailing cutter was restored by Michael Rines, of Maritime Woodbridge, who is well-versed on Arthur Ransome's connection with the Suffolk coast

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.


Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Martin Newell has been turning apples into cider

As I recounted last week, of all the home-brew I’ve ever fooled around with, cider has been the biggest challenge, writes Martin Newell.

Gina Long

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

American tycoon Donald Trump

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24