High quality recent graduates of Mathematics, Physics or related degrees

Oundle School
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

Job Details

Oundle School is seeking to recruit high quality recent graduates of Mathematics, Physics or related degrees, or professionals looking to move into the education sector to train as Mathematics or Physics teachers as part of the National Maths and Physics School Centred Initial Teacher Training (NMAPS) scheme from September 2022. 

The national shortage of teachers of Mathematics and Physics is a crisis which will only result in a greater shortage as too often pupils leave school without having experience of high-quality teaching in these subjects. The National Maths and Physics SCITT is designed to help to address this problem through partnership between both maintained and independent schools.

The SCITT approach is different to traditional teacher training in the following ways:

  • Trainees spend the majority of their time in schools training there from the very start of the course;
  • Schools do not employ the trainee. Instead, schools receive a trainee on a placement and support the trainee with a trained mentor;
  • Successful applicants will experience placements in two different schools to ensure that they are fully prepared to take up rewarding positions in a wide variety of schools;
  • Trainees receive a tax-free bursary of £27,000 or scholarship of £29,000 (subject to eligibility) from the Department of Education, and a can take out a Student Loan ifrequired to cover the tuition fee of £9,250; 
  • Training focused on Mathematics or Physics teaching is led by specialists in the teaching of these subjects. These sessions happen in Oundle School for one day each week. The PGCE is provided by Buckingham University online.

Oundle School acts as the NMAPS hub school and will offer placements at a range of partner schools, as well as a small number at Oundle. Trainees will spend the majority of their time in their two placement schools which will be complementary, giving a varied experience of schools. The placement schools with which we are working span part of the East Midlands and into East Anglia, allowing us to place trainees in schools close to their homes.

If you are a recent graduate with a good degree in a related subject, are graduating this year, or would like to change careers this could be a very exciting opportunity for you to take the first step on the path to an enormously rewarding career. 

Interested parties should contact Mrs Clare Douglas, SCITT Administrator, at cdouglas@oundleschool.org.uk for information about our upcoming Virtual School Experience days. Please send in their CVs with a covering e-mail. The application process is then completed via UCAS. More information can also be found on our website at www.oundleschool.org.uk/about-us/scitt-hub/ or at https://www.nmapscitt.org.uk

Expressions of interest must be received before end of May 2023.


Oundle imageFounded in 1556, Oundle School is one of Britain’s leading co-educational independent schools with a full-boarding ethos, situated in the charming countryside market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. It is home to 840 boarders and 300 day pupils, all supported by 150 passionate and inspiring teachers. Travel from London is under an hour by train.

Why study with us
At Oundle School, we run a hub for a national subject-specific School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme, known as the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT. The course leads to qualified teacher status with a PGCE. We offer placements at a range of local partner schools, as well as a small number at Oundle. Oundle School has a highly successful physics department, which sits within the school’s SciTec campus. The science department has excellent resources for practical work and it boasts state-of-the-art facilities.

Training and development
The SCITT approach is different to traditional teacher training in the following ways:

  • Trainees spend the majority of their time on placement in two different schools.
  •  Trainees receive a tax-free bursary of £27,000 or scholarship of £29,000 (subject to eligibility) from the Department of Education, and can take out a student loan if required to cover the tuition fee of £9250.   
  • Training focused on physics teaching is led by specialists in the teaching of this subject.

Graduate schemes
Our focus at Oundle is to help address the national shortage of physics teachers through the National Maths and Physics SCITT programme, a partnership between both maintained and independent schools. Once the trainees have completed the course, we continue to help them to find employment by preparing them for applications and interviews. All of those who have trained at Oundle have secured employment after the scheme, quite often at one of their placement schools.

What we are looking for
We are seeking to recruit high-quality graduates, from those who are graduating this year to career changers with a good degree in either physics or a related subject. There is no age criteria – we are simply looking for people who are passionate about physics. The best trainees are those who are committed to working with young people and who want to inspire the next generation. If you think you can be a reflective practitioner, we would love to hear from you.

Oundle, Northamptonshire

Desired degree disciplines/class
A good UK BA(Hons) or overseas equivalent, and a grade C/4 or above in both mathematics and English language GCSE or overseas equivalent

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
Create an account on the Department for Education website: www.apply-for-
. Then click on
www.apply-for-teacher-training.service.gov.uk to apply for the physics training course

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)1832 277138
E-mail cdouglas@oundleschool.org.uk

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+44 (0)1832 277138
Oundle School
The Bursary
Church Street

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