£1.5 million plan to train teachers in Doncaster

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TEACHERS could be trained up from a new £1.5 million base in Doncaster, under plans drawn up by an educational trust.

Outwood Academy Adwick has been earmarked for a dedicated training base which would be run by the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, which is the organisation behind the academy.

The proposed facility is part of the Teaching School Alliance at Outwood Grange Academy, and would give Adwick giving an important role in the development and training of teachers, according to council officers who are looking at whether the proposed building should get planning permission.

A report before councillors tomorrow says: “It is envisaged the facilities will establish the academy as a regional and national leader in the provision of teacher training.

“In addition, when not in use for directly education based workshops, the facility will also provide a venue for wider conference facilities in the region.”

Coun John Mounsey, who is chairman of the governors at Outwood Academy Doncaster, says be believes the planned centre would be a major boost for the borough.

He said: “This will effectively be the first teacher training college in Doncaster for many years.

“This means young people will be able to train as teachers without leaving Doncaster.

“I think it would be a boost for the whole of Yorkshire, not just Doncaster. Doncaster is on the up and up, and this is a step in the right direction.

“I don’t know if it will create any jobs yet, other than in the construction.”

The centre would be within the school’s grounds, which are currently being rebuilt.

But concerns have been raised over the plans for the teacher training centre by residents living near the school, worried it will mean more traffic on nearby roads, increased noise and a litter problem.

They say their homeswould be overlooked by the three-storey building.