Routes into teaching
Coming from a background of management, I decided I wanted much more for my career. I’ve always had the idea of teaching. So far on the School Direct route I’ve had a fantastic experience. From day one, I felt part of the school. I started by observing lots of my mentors and peers and then whenever I felt comfortable I was given the chance to teach myself. I’ve always wanted to get into teaching. I’ve always worked with children and I wanted to progress onto working within schools. I considered all different options, however I really enjoyed the university-based route to do my education inclusion degree so I wanted to progress onto doing my teaching so I could stay at the university that I was currently at. I chose School Direct because it was a fantastic opportunity to work in an outstanding school such as Prestolee. It’s local to me, so that meant less travel as well. I also looked into the university providers, and the University of Cumbria has got a fantastic reputation. I’ve taught in both key stage one and key stage two, and I found it to be in a really supportive environment and a really supportive approach where I teach when I’m ready and now I’ve built up progressively. A lot of my friends don’t actually realise when they’re asking me about the course that you can actually also get a PGCE alongside the School Direct QTS. I started off my course gaining lots of experience we had the first three weeks of university building up all of our subject knowledge and then we went off into early years and SEN settings. In our placement schools we were all given a mentor who supported us throughout the placement. We had weekly reviews each week just to make sure we were progressing We’re also observed each week just to make sure that we’re progressing in line with the teaching standards. I’ve actually managed to line up a job coming in September my first NQT position, so I’m really excited for that. I feel like the course itself, that’s given me a fantastic head start. Doing the School Direct route, I’ve had the chance to be observed by headteachers and members of other schools before I even started the application process and I actually secured my job quite early on. I’ve just recently been employed and got my first teaching position ready for September I’m going to be working in a year one class. My number one tip would be to be organised basically from the moment you start on the course, just set yourself a time schedule of what you need to do, every night, and then it’ll make it flow much easier. And also I’d really say learn to enjoy it as well because it’s going to take up a lot of your time, but it’s really rewarding. And I’d say that you need to gain lots of experience before starting the course it will just make your life a little bit easier, know what’s expected of being a teacher and how to plan your lessons and how to be with the children. I think a very good route to begin this is using the school experience programme which allows you to have lots of time in school and gain that bit of experience. There are a range of great training options to choose from. Whichever option you choose, whether school-led or university-led, you can rest assured you’ll spend at least half your time in a school giving you plenty of practical experience.