What is your background?
I completed my Undergraduate degree in Medicinal Chemistry with Forensic Science and then went on to complete a PhD in Chemistry. I subsequently secured a job in the chemical industry and worked there for 1.5 years.
Why did you decide to teach?
I made the decision to apply for teacher training because the chemical industry was an intensely competitive working environment with few opportunities for career progression. I had lost my passion for chemistry and I knew teaching my subject could change this. I also had experience to offer students who could benefit from my 7 years of university study and application of chemistry subject knowledge from my industry background.
What do you enjoy about teaching?
I get to be a science geek every day and pass on my enthusiasm to the students I teach. I love having a job that I want to get out of bed for and I look forward to going into work everyday as no two days are the same. The classroom environment can be intimidating but once you get to know the students it becomes a place of genuine learning, laughter and a collaboration of young minds.
Why did you choose the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and the Cheshire East SCITT?
I wanted a training programme that offered the most days in school. The best way I learn is through doing, so I chose this route because it allows you to be in school from day one. I have also spent 7 years of my life in university so I wanted a change of learning style. The Cheshire East SCITT offered training schools no more than 20 minutes from where I live which offered me a better working life balance with work travel. The Cheshire East SCITT are also a tight knit family and offer the highest level of support for trainees. Their experience of training future teachers was evident on the day of my interview for the course and this gave me confidence that I would be supported no matter what.
What are you looking forward to?
I am excited about becoming a form tutor during my NQT year and being a positive role model for my year 7 students. I am also looking forward to integrating myself in school life on a permanent basis and taking part in more extra-curricular activities.
What were the three best things about the programme?
1. The highest level of support. The training staff are always at the end of the phone or email if you need them for anything and will act quickly if you need extra support put in place.
2. The placement schools I attended were fantastic. I had positive experiences during both placements and the training centre staff are in close contact with them to improve on any feedback or make adjustments where needed for the benefit of trainees.
3. The other trainees. Over the training year we have formed great relationships and a positive working environment on Friday training days. I look forward to working alongside some of them or at the same schools in the future.