What is your background?
I have been working with schools, in various support roles, for quite some time before taking the step up to train as a teacher.
Why did you decide to teach?
I decided to come into teaching to reconnect with my subject specialism and because I had seen too many young people 'slip through the cracks' in the education system. I felt I had something different to offer, for which I needed to be a teacher.
What do you enjoy about teaching?
Knowing that you are opening up the world, expanding horizons and making young minds think. Each lesson could leave a lasting impression and inspire a future choice. In the classroom, seeing students develop and mature; responding to your input whilst they grow as a person.
Why did you choose the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and the Cheshire East SCITT?
The school centred route provides the most practical experience. You are in the classroom from day one. You are fully supported by an incredibly extensive network of experienced professionals. This was clear from seeing the schedule of Friday training sessions. I was also impressed at how comprehensive the support for ITT's was - in schools and in the SCITT centre.
What are you looking forward to as an ECT?
Continuing to develop. Hone my craft. Try new things.
What were the three best things about the programme?
Support for 'you' as the person and 'you' as the professional.
2. Diversity of the training sessions.
3. Contrasting school experiences.