I studied English at university and wanted to travel at the end of my course. I went to China and spent a year in Beijing teaching in an international primary school. This was when I knew I wanted to teach as a career. I came back to the UK and built up my experience by working in two schools, one mainstream and the other a special school.
I found that I learned so much by being in the classroom watching and working with teachers, so that’s why I chose a school centred initial teacher training route. I did some research and spoke to former trainees from various routes. Teamworks was recommended by a friend and this helped make my mind up
I’m really enjoying my training this year; it is quite intense but all interesting and I’m learning a lot.
My top tips for potential applicants are: do your research to make sure you know who you want to apply to; get some interview preparation, think about possible questions. Also, the skills tests are harder than you think! Get some practice in as early as possible.
Previously I’ve studied Sport and Exercise Science. I’d always had teaching at the back of mind but I wasn’t 100% sure, so decided to work in a school before finally deciding. I took a job as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school and I loved it. When I did some work on primary PE with the sports co-ordinator I realised that I wanted to work with younger children and teach across the curriculum. I did a short block of volunteering in a primary school to make sure and then I applied. I really wanted to learn whilst being part of a school staff, and the record of trainees being employed after training in the SCITT schools was high, so I applied to Teamworks.
I’m absolutely loving my training. I’ve met lots of like-minded people, and already made some good friends. We have really approachable mentors who are passionate and knowledgeable about their work.
My top tips for applicants: give yourself plenty of time to sort out your application and to prepare for interview; make sure you do your research; read the National Curriculum orders and talk to people in the profession. Make a difference, good luck!