TRAINEE teachers have graduated from the Castleman Learning Network, which is part of the Bournemouth-based Castleman Academy Trust of schools. 

Five newly qualified teachers are excited to be establishing their own classrooms in local schools and beyond. 

The training centre was set up by the trust’s chief executive Rhonda Moore to offer teacher training to graduates. 

Lou Evans, director of the Castleman Learning Network, said: “We have great relationships with schools from Ferndown to Swanage, where our students can train. 

“And the Castleman Academy Trust has five schools and may of our graduates have joined them over the last few years. 

“We are expanding our training programmes by launching a part-time route in January 2025. This is designed to provide opportunities for trainees who are balancing teaching aspirations with family and working life. 

“We are currently working closely with our university colleagues to develop a number of apprenticeship routes into teaching. 

“We are partnered with the University of Worcester and we have a lot of experience to draw on and which the students benefit from.” 

Rhonda added: “As well as wanting the best education for the children in our schools I also want to encourage people into teaching and give them the best start. 

“Castleman Learning Network brings a new cohort of teachers through each year and the intention is to grow it and bring more people into the profession.”