What is your background?
I completed my Undergraduate degree in History at De Montfort University. I applied for the Cheshire East SCITT during my final year ready for the following September.
Why did you decide to go into teaching?
I decided to go into teaching after I was told that I was never good enough to go to university as I was the ‘quiet’ one at school. I believe that all students no matter their situation and background can succeed in life, achieving their own dreams. This is something that I encourage within my teaching.
What do you enjoy about teaching?
I enjoy that every day is different, and you are constantly learning. I love to learn and being in teaching allows you to always develop your own knowledge.
When your students have that lightbulb moment it is so rewarding!
Why did you choose the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and the Cheshire East SCITT?
I decided to choose the Cheshire East SCITT because I wanted to be on a school centred training route. Being in school four days a week has been so beneficial, you are learning on the job! I also loved the idea of the layered support network from a series of mentors. On reflection, this has been such a big positive of this training route. You are not just a number but an individual who everyone pushes you to succeed.
Do you have a job for next year and what are you looking forward to?
I do have a job next year!! I am employed at Malbank School and Sixth Form as a Humanities teacher. I am really looking forward to my ECT year, being a year 7 form tutor, having my own classroom and being independent with my own classes!
What were the three best things about the programme?
The support from Lorraine and all my mentors. I could not have done this without them!!
The Friday training sessions and subject days. These are really good opportunities to extend your learning and discuss with your colleagues about the week you’ve just experienced.
Being in school from day one. Where this can be originally really daunting there are some many benefits. You can build solid relationships with staff and students quickly, establish your routines and keep yourself organised.