What’s your background?
Before I came into teaching, I was a residential care worker for young people between the ages of 7 and 16. I have had a great experience working in care in delivering care, support, interventions and support for vulnerable children.
Why did you decide to teach?
I dreamed of being a teacher from a young age running my own class room with my teddy bears. It took a few different job roles and a wide range of work experience to finally decide to give teaching a go, but what an amazing journey it has been!
What do you like about teaching?
It has to be the interaction with students. The discussions, the range of characters, the teacher to student relationships. The job of knowing that you are making a difference.
Why did you choose the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and the Cheshire East SCITT?
Although I have worked with young people before I was aware that this was a massive career change. Therefore I wanted to feel that within the year I was giving myself the best opportunity and the best experience I could, and what better than teaching in school from day one. I was able to train and learn first-hand from professionals, their knowledge, experience and expertise. I could not fault the SCITT and believe that this was the best decision and route to help me learn, prepare and become a teacher.
Do you have a job for next year and what are you looking forward to?
I do have a job for next year and I am so looking forward to starting my ECT year. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for Computer Science in a new school with new students. I am also looking forward to meeting my form and seeing them grow from Year 7 to 11.
What were the three best things about the programme?
Training to teach is intensive and could occasionally feel overwhelming; however, the SCITT leadership and admin teams support is constant and their patience is fantastic. It is clear that everyone wants us to succeed and it was felt throughout the whole year.
The training year is intensive but to know you are not alone. The ability to train in school and have our Friday training sessions with the whole cohort has been invaluable.
This has been the most amazing experience, thank you.