This is what our former trainees within the partnership have to say:


Teacher 1

Training on the job at DACA gave me the opportunity to build on my skills, being able to grow and develop with it and the community, whilst providing high quality education.

I have always been passionate about teaching believing in inclusive education, the Academy was focused on helping me develop this putting a variety of teaching methods into practice and evaluating and monitoring my progress.

The programme with DACA allowed me to develop my skills to be a well-rounded teacher providing a personalised training programme and support. The programme has made me realise my potential as a teacher and as a leader. I would fully recommend it as a route into the profession.

Teacher 2

I have found my time at DACA to be filled with opportunities, challenges and extremely rewarding moments. The support and training programme is excellent and as covered all areas of school life from teaching and learning, behaviour management to all things DACA! Staff at all levels have been friendly, approachable and willing to offer advice when asked ….a truly remarkable feature. I have been able to see a wide range of pupil abilities and backgrounds which reflects the cultural diversity of the area and the rich Academy life. An exceedingly rewarding start to my teaching career.

Teacher 3

I thoroughly enjoyed the induction programme here as Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. It was extremely well structured and covered all aspects of how the Academy operated on a daily basis. The training was instrumental in helping me settle into a new organisation and career very quickly. The programme was both challenging and rewarding which was an excellent motivational tool for myself. In addition to this the programme was also personalised to compliment my skill set which gave me the confidence to develop even further. The Academy treats you as an individual and understands that everyone is different and this is of real benefit when starting out as a teacher. I have now taken on the role of an ICT/Computing Teacher at the Academy and I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every single day. The development of a teacher never stops here and you are provided with an abundance of CPD opportunities to ensure you keep improving your practice year on year. The programme has allowed me to develop skills which will be beneficial throughout my teaching career and I would definitely recommend it as a route into such a fantastic profession.