What is your background?
I am a career changer. My career over the last 25 years prior to teaching has been in Human Resources. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and have worked for large corporates such as Cap Gemini, Tesco, Co-operative Bank and smaller professional entities such as the Institute of Directors in London.
Why did you decide to teach?
I think there’s a common thread running through my career and one which extends to my change of direction into teaching: that is an interest in managing and developing people. I had reached a point where I wanted to ‘give something back’, do something more vocational and tangible rather than increasing bottom line profitability. I guess ultimately I felt I could make a difference and so began my journey…
What do you enjoy about teaching?
I’ve always loved working with children, even as an undergraduate. I greatly admire their zest for life, energy and thirst for knowledge and knowing I can be a catalyst to ignite this spark, sometimes in disaffected students, is incredibly rewarding. I also love learning, I believe in life, we are on a continual path of discovery and I wanted to share this knowledge with young people.
Why did you choose the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and the Cheshire East SCITT?
Quite simply, I wanted to be in school from day one, I felt this immersive approach to my teacher training would suit my learning style best. I am quite a “hands-on” person and so wanted the experience of direct practical teaching interleaved with pedagogy on our Friday training sessions at Holmes Chapel.
What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to putting all my training into practice. My subject is languages and I am passionate about them and the difference they can make to a child’s life, broadening horizons and enabling opportunities to live, travel and work abroad so equally as important is being able to inject authenticity, fun and cultural capital into lessons to bring these alive and ensure that every child is included and makes good progress. I am very excited about forging new links within different school settings, new relationships with colleagues and young people, a chance to improve teaching practice over the NQT year and beyond to give me the opportunity to become a confident and outstanding teacher.
What were the three best things about the programme?
The SCITT leadership team and admin team: professional, supportive, responsive in case of any issues, directive. This has been particularly highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis.
HCCS Fridays: the once weekly pedagogy sessions enabled an open, respectful forum for group / small group discussion or subject specialist days to explore new ideas, theories, innovations among the cohort and to learn from others’ experiences. I have made lifelong friends as a result of this.
It is an intensive period of study so the amount of time spent in school has been invaluable, enabling a more rapid trajectory for building rapport with pupils and other teachers; not to mention, the unparalleled support of mentors, teaching professionals and other trainees over the course of the PGCE.