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                                                                                                                       First MFL SCITT Trainee
Steph Millar has become the  rst trainee teacher to pass through Bolton School Girls’ Division as part of a new national Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.
The innovative link-up between state and independent schools is led by Shef eld comprehensive Silverdale School and is aimed at attracting more Modern Languages’ teachers. Bolton School is the Northern partner and hub school for the scheme and it is anticipated that Steph will be the  rst of many trainees passing through the school.
Steph spent a busy half-term
at Bolton School, taking on
a Year 8 and Year 10 Spanish class as well as undertaking some team teaching with Year 7 French, Year 7 Spanish and Year 9 French. She shadowed a Year 10 Form in order to get a better understanding of the role of a Form Tutor and also shadowed
the life of the MFL department, attending INSET, departmental meetings and even consultation evenings. She completed lots
of lesson observations in the department and to gain an idea of teaching languages across all stages, she also visited Bolton School Junior Girls’ School to
see younger pupils being taught French. During her placement, Steph also observed a PSHEE lesson and some History lessons in order to help her with her Content and Language Integrated Learning assignment (teaching subjects such as science, history and geography to students through a foreign language).
Steph now returns to Silverdale School to complete her professional training and to her  rst placement near Shef eld as she strives to achieve her Post Graduate Certi cate in Education and gain Quali ed Teacher Status (QTS).
It was all change once again at Rosemead Preparatory School and Nursery, London, where a new Headmaster was installed – just for the day!
After only joining the school as Headmaster in September, Mr Phil Soutar found himself cast aside as Mr Magnus Tibbalds, age 8, took over the running of the school
for the day. Magnus had won this opportunity in a competition and took to the role effortlessly.
Assemblies in both the Prep
and Pre-Prep departments. He joined the teachers for coffee at breaktime and had lunch with members of the Senior Leadership team. He was able to tour the classrooms to check on learning and signed some important letters with the Head’s PA.
Magnus described his experience as ‘fun and exciting’ whilst Mr Soutar, who was able to regain his position as Headmaster at the end of the day said ‘rather worryingly, Mr Tibbalds did a great job and I will be looking over my shoulder for his approval in the future.’
After greeting parents and
pupils at the school gate, Mr
Tibbalds then led the Celebration
Pictured at work: Mr Tibbalkds, Dawn Stewart the Head’s PA., with Mr Soutar in the background
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