Together with the University of Hertfordshire, we have developed a new ‘HARROW FIRST’ programme. This model involves the recruitment of mature graduates in their final year of degrees and graduates looking to change careers, through direct advertising and is designed to work with post-graduate links such as Hertfordshire University’s graduate alumni association. As well as responding to emergent recruitment needs, we will prioritise the recruitment of high quality English and Maths teachers
Participants in the programme will be prepared by undergoing a rigorous programme of training in the summer months, either directly from their previous career or after their degree for new graduates. Trainees will then be deployed in schools with a significant timetable (but one which allows for their training needs to be met) alongside Higher Level Teaching Assistants with knowledge of the individual schools. As the trainees develop, as assessed by schools and evaluated by the alliance and the university, the HLTA support will be gradually withdrawn over the course of their first year. Trainees will also undertake a programme of study with the University of Hertfordshire, based within schools and at the university, that will last two years and lead to a PGCE with Masters credits.