Summer paid intern scheme for STEM undergraduates
We are pleased to announce that the Bournemouth Poole & Dorset Teacher Training Partnership is one of several school partnerships which have been allocated funding from the DFE to offer a “paid internship” scheme for current undergraduates in summer 2018.
The Internship Scheme is part of the STEM teacher supply package, focussing on maths and sciences. The Internship scheme aims to give penultimate year undergraduates the opportunity to gain an in-depth experience of teaching in order to inform their career decisions. The desired outcome is that interns apply for teaching training during their final undergraduate year, and start their PGCE training in September 2019. The main target audience would be undergraduates in the penultimate year of degree courses in STEM subjects, who may be possibly considering teaching as a career
Twynham School in Christchurch is leading the scheme locally, but other schools from across the Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and New Forest area are also involved in hosting interns for their placement.
Interns will receive a payment of £300 per week for the 4 week placement (dependent on full attendance)
The programme will be delivered by a 4 week course starting with induction on Friday 22nd June and running through until Thursday 19th July. The placements will be designed to include the full range of training activities. As well as training input, most of the time will be spent in schools where interns will follow a personalised programme which will include targeted lesson observations in the first instance, moving onto working with individuals and small groups in lessons. Interns will be allocated a mentor who will be a teacher in their subject area, who will work alongside and support them, leading to interns planning and delivering episodes in lessons and aiming by the end of the scheme to deliver a full lesson. Interns will be placed with a pastoral group for the duration of the placement and also encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities such as lunchtime clubs and depending on their skills and interests, after-school activities or even school trips.
Interns will be expected to keep a reflective diary during their placement and to gather information based on their activities which could be taken as evidence to an interview for an ITT place in the following year. The programme will culminate in a full plenary day. This will include a full evaluation of the project and inputs about the different routes into teaching and the next steps, including advice on UCAS applications.
Our target is to recruit 10 interns in total, across both Maths & Physics. To be eligible, applicants need to be studying for a degree in a STEM subject, specifically Maths, Physics, Engineering or a very closely related subject, and to hold relevant A levels. Interested candidates will complete an application form. In addition to personal and academic details, candidates are invited to complete a personal statement which outlines briefly their reasons for applying for the internship. Two references will be sought. Interviews will be held in Spring 2018. Candidates will be required to pass the relevant safeguarding checks and be subject to a full DBS clearance before the start of the scheme.
Further details and application forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.