Although I had spent some time in schools volunteering and working part-time as a teaching assistant, I knew that I would benefit from spending the majority of my training year based in a school, as opposed to going back to university. I found a school that were willing to support my development and take me on as a trainee on the SCITT scheme!
I attended a variety of training modules throughout the scheme, with all of the tutors being friendly, supportive and extremely knowledgeable about education. It was great to network with the other trainees, sharing experiences and supporting each others development. The training sessions were always relaxed with plenty of time for practical activities, debates and of course a bit of fun!
I was based four days a week in a special needs school, one of those days was dedicated to my own development and the other three were classroom based with a focus on observing other practitioners, tutorials with subject-matter experts, training courses and my own planning time! I was allocated a mentor and senior mentor within the school who were very supportive throughout the process. They helped me to identify the key areas for my development and conduct formal observations to see how well I was progressing!
Overall, the training was intense and challenging, balancing full-time work and lesson planning, with assignments to complete, evidence to collate for each of the teacher standards and of course my family time! I found that being organised and disciplined (something that I have always had to work hard to achieve!) was absolutely critical. There was always somebody that could help and support, and I knew that the rigorous training would reap rewards in the longer term.
Looking back, it has been the best decision I have ever made. I love teaching, I love working with children, and I learned so much throughout my training with Educate that this is now paying huge dividends! I am currently a KS2 teacher in a special needs school, and I have started my NQT year with the school in January. I have just been graded outstanding in my first formal observation!