The University is celebrating after gaining accreditation from the Department for Education to deliver secondary teacher training.

From September 2020, a programme of Initial Teacher Training with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be offered specifically for teachers of maths and computing.

Those selected to enrol on the 10-month programme may also be eligible to apply for a £26,000 bursary while they study, which is part of the government’s drive to address a severe shortage of teachers teaching those specialist subjects.

Dr Gill Waugh, Dean of Faculty for Professional Studies, Jo Hornby, Senior Lecturer in Education and Programme Leader for Secondary Initial Teacher Training, and Dr Clare Higgins, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Education and Learning, put together a 90,000 word bid document.

It was delivered to the Department for Education, detailing the University of Bolton’s business case for the new programme, its sustainability, its marketing strategy and the local partners who were involved.

Jo, who will lead the new Secondary Initial Teacher Training programmes, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid and we cannot wait to get started. This is a great success for the University of Bolton and the town as a whole.

There is a huge shortage across the UK of teachers who can deliver maths and/or computing subjects to 11 to 16-year-olds and that is one of the reasons why there is such a great need for these programmes.

In teaching, there has been a ‘perfect storm’ in terms of a fall in the national recruitment of maths and computing teachers and a rising roll of students.”

The government has launched a national, high-profile ‘Get Into Teaching’ campaign in an attempt to boost the recruitment figures.

Jo said: “There are many different routes into the teaching profession, and it can be very confusing. This programme is a real asset to both the University and the town of Bolton because it enables teachers of shortage subjects to be home-grown and, once they have qualified, to move into Bolton schools, benefiting the local economy and community. It means that you do not have to travel out of Bolton to other towns and cities to achieve a QTS qualification.

For anyone interested in a teaching career, there will be a Get Into Teaching Open Day at the University of Bolton on Saturday February 8, between 10am-2pm.

Course leaders will be on-hand to offer expert advice for those who are considering a teaching career.

For the new programmes which begin in September, a selection day will be held at the end of next month (February), which will consist of a formal interview, a presentation and evaluation of team working skills. To find out more or book a place at the open day, email: or

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