Joline talks about our SCITT team-building day!

  What a day!      We didn’t know what was coming when we agreed to a trip to  The Mill Adventure Base   with our Trainee Crew and our Captains Adam and Sally. However, we could have guessed that when a bunch of nearly qualified teachers gets together it must be fun – and it was!!! An unforgettable experience.     When we met in the morning, it wasn’t just the rain that made us hide our faces in our hoods but also the high ropes we saw when entering the location. What a terrifying view at half 9 in the morning... unless you have a group of people that encourage you to overcome your fears!    Who would have thought that at the end of the day we’d all be a little bit braver, a little bit prouder and a little bit happier?!     After some quick pair activities to build initial trust, we were ready to go to our first little group task. Balancing on a rope whilst being supported by our teammates. We all managed brilliantly, and in the discussion afterwards we found that the keys to success w

Felicity gives her top tips when applying for a teaching job

Applying for teaching jobs is hard, it is time consuming and can often leave you feeling dejected. You give up a whole weekend to complete what you think is the best application anyone has ever seen and... you don’t even get an interview. It makes you feel rubbish and zaps your motivation and confidence. I’m pretty used to rejection, having spent several years pursuing a career as an actor, it goes with the territory, but it never gets any easier. I think the key to combating knockbacks is to take the positives and move on to the next opportunity.   To give you a bit of background, I am a 39-year-old drama trainee, with over a decade of teaching experience in private schools. However, in order for me to progress in my career and follow my passion to teach in mainstream schools, I needed to gain QTS. In 2019, I made the decision to bite the bullet and begin my training. Not a decision I made lightly, but one that I do not regret. Whilst, I had practical experience in the classroom I did

'Is anybody there?': Training to teach with virtual students

This time last year, I was eagerly awaiting September which would mark the beginning of my teacher training. Having worked in a school for a number of years as a Teaching Assistant, I had a clear idea of what my teacher training year would entail: developing engaging lesson plans; implementing behavioural management strategies; differentiating activities; familiarising myself with the school curriculum; and forming positive relationships with my students.  My vision for January 2021 was full of these ideas. When I pictured where I would be, I imagined myself in a lively classroom, making use of the dialogic teaching strategies which were at the centre of the educational ideology I had developed during the Education Studies modules of my undergraduate degree.  The reality of January 2021 as a trainee teacher is much different. Of course, beginning teacher training during a global pandemic was always going to pose challenges and unforeseen changes to education. In the first term of teach

In times of adversity

This has been a week, a term, an academic year like none I can remember.    I am trying to refrain from using the word ‘unprecedented’ as I know that we are all a little fed up of hearing it, but these are very unusual times.     What a time to be starting out with training for a career in teaching:    Schools have been turned upside down and inside out.   Our core purpose has been altered significantly by the sudden need to provide services such as COVID testing and home schooling.    Our assessment processes have been changed in a way nobody could have imagined just a year ago and our staff are having to support students, parents and each other with an incredible range of issues, sometimes with the kind of impact we would see only rarely in school.   The reaction to life-changing events can be incredibly varied, and this is a life-changing event, that unlike some, is affecting each and every one of us in some way or other.   The sense of togetherness which can come out of such events

Sally reflects on her amazing journey from Teaching Assistant to Trainee Teacher

After finishing my degree this year, I embarked on my teaching career.    I started working at Millgate - a SEMH (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) boy’s school in Leicester five years ago as a pastoral TA (Teaching Assistant). I supported a Year 7 tutor group, following the students from lesson to lesson and being the important link between home and school. I formed strong relationships with both the students and their families. I loved the role and still see it as an incredibly important role within our setting. The pastoral TA underpins all of the principles that are needed in order to champion our students. It establishes unbreakable relationships with the students built on mutual respect and trust. A child that has been excluded from a mainstream setting or has been unable to engage with education for whatever reason needs someone to champion them, to help them re-engage with education and the various benefits that encompasses. School doesn’t just offer a full, rich, rounded curri

'The one where it all went wrong'

Lesson planning is the one the most exciting parts of being a trainee teacher. It might not like sound it but being given 60 whole minutes and the complete freedom to do whatever you want with it, is like being given a blank canvas and being told you can paint it however you like. The blank canvas being the hour-long lesson and your paints being the lightbulb moments that flash into your mind when you are driving home, are on a run, or in the shower. It can be tedious, draining, and time-consuming, but it can also be a creative outlet for you to express every element of your passion for a subject you love, so much that you want to dedicate your career to passing that love onto the young people who walk in and out of your classroom every day.   Sometimes, I get carried away planning lessons and have this wonderfully weird idea that I think is the best thing since sliced bread, that will make the most amazing, engaging lesson plan that even my hard to please, too cool for school year 9’s

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