CASE STUDY: TERENCE
When did you complete your initial teacher training?
Last year. I am currently a NQT (newly qualified teacher) at one of the partner schools,
teaching maths, and enrolled in the NQT programme.
What’s your background?
I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and a previous career as a music teacher;
I’m fluent in German and enjoy opera singing.
Why do you want to teach maths?
I wanted the prospect of regular employment and to make use of my mathematical
skills and knowledge.
Why did you decide to join the Cheshire East SCITT programme?
I felt school-based training would prepare me the best, and it was very challenging with a steep learning curve. Colleagues in both placement schools were very supportive, and the masters’ level writing was very challenging for me, having studied for a purely numerate undergraduate degree. This training route seemed to be well respected by prospective employers which was a significant bonus.
What motivates you as a teacher?
The challenge of working out how to motivate students, both mathematically and behaviourally, to achieve their potential.
I enjoy the thrill of working with gifted and talented students, both at GCSE and A-level, stretching their problem-solving abilities, particularly by facilitating their discovery of how different strands of maths interweave.
Tracking Terence's progress
Terence has had a very successful year as a NQT and has completed training to become a subject mentor.