The ATGP is intended to operate as a pupil/school improvement programme, to support young people who face educational disadvantage. The aim will be to recruit outstanding graduates who have a desire to help reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment by working in schools facing challenging circumstances.
Under the ATGP, graduate trainees would be employed to teach in a school on a reduced timetable while following an approved training programme designed to enable them to meet the Qualified Teacher Status Standards. It includes provision for a period of pre-employment training in order to provide participants with additional support needed on a demanding programme.
Trainees would be required to have a range of skills including high level communication skills, strong leadership qualities, and the ability to work effectively and to see matters through despite difficulties. They would be expected to deliver improvements quickly and effectively.
The Minister said:
“As well as helping trainees gain Qualified Teacher Status, the ATGP will offer the flexibility to implement a targeted, intense employment-based training programme to help address educational disadvantage and improve school performance.
“We’re looking for high calibre graduates to undertake employment-based teacher training to work alongside the rest of the school workforce to help raise standards in Wales”.