As Strategic Lead for Initial Teacher Training, I have seen our offer evolve to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of graduates, whilst also ensuring that Kyra’s ethos and DNA underpins everything we do. Everything about our teacher training programmes – including the high expectations we have of our trainees and their mentors – reflects our deep ambition for children.
We’ve made sure that a strong a culture of support exists for our trainees, that they have the opportunity to work across a range of settings and contexts, and that they have access to some of the most experienced practitioners in the county. As a result, we have trainees who emerge from their training fully prepared for the intensity of their first years in the profession and passionate and inspired about the difference they can make in the years ahead.
In this edition of the Kyra journal you will hear their stories, including those of two teachers who recently trained and now work in my own school – Monk’s Abbey. You will read about teachers who trained with Kyra and are now, already, stepping up into leadership positions and mentoring the next generation of teachers. We’ve also included a feature on Catherine Conyers who has been instrumental in her leadership of our teacher training programmes since 2013, and Michael Pain who is supporting and advising schools and academy trusts nationwide on how to compete for graduate talent in a challenging context.
I do hope that you enjoy the features and articles and, if you are thinking about teaching or know someone who may consider it, that it inspires you to take a closer look at the opportunities that are available through Kyra.
Vicky Johnson is Headteacher at Monk’s Abbey Primary School and Strategic Lead for Initial Teacher Training at Kyra.
Prepared to be Inspired; Training to teach with Kyra #KyraJournal March .18
- Leader in Focus: Catherine Conyers, Kyra Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator
- Miles Hanson: A Newly Qualified Teacher at Monks Abbey Primary School
- Tanya King; A Recently Qualified teacher at Monks Abbey Primary School
- Mark Cotton; Teacher & Year 5 leader at Westgate Academy
- Rachel White; Recently Qualified Teacher & Ealry Years Foundation Stage Leader at Lincoln Carlton Academy
- A Kyra School-Based Mentor's Perspective