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Success Stories Mark Webber Training year at SCITT: 2008-2009 Subject: Mathematics

Placement Schools

Stanley School of Technology; Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.

Reason for Choosing Durham SCITT

The appeal was of being given practical training by people still in the classroom, and of not being an anonymous student in a university lecture theatre.

Experience at the SCITT

Durham SCITT is a friendly and supportive ITT institution. Its small size meant that the staff knew each and every one of us, sometimes better than we knew ourselves! You're encouraged to be innovative and the sessions ensured we covered deep theories about how students learn but always in a fun and engaging way. Training comes primarily from current classroom teachers, but also from professionals who work at a Local Authority or national level.

NQT Year

My first post was as a full time Maths teacher at my placement school, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.

Opportunities/Promotions/Responsibilities

One of the best pieces of advice I received while on the SCITT was from Steven Harness, which was that whenever you think "I can do this now!" you should resist the temptation to just "get another year under your belt", and instead look at the next step in your career. This might be A Level teaching, taking on a pastoral responsibility, helping with schemes of work; there are always ways to improve your skills and gain more experience. In the year following my NQT I successfully applied for the position of Assistant Head of Department at Conyers School in Yarm and, after serving in that role for a year, I am now Head of Department.

 


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Reason for Choosing Durham SCITT

I already worked as an LSA within a County Durham school and was keen to stay in as much contact as possible with students in the classroom. However I also realised that a PGCE was an important qualification to have, which you do not get with many SCITTs or GTPs. I applied for the SCITT as it offered both of these elements. I found the SCITT to be just what I was looking for, the right balance of learning as well as practical application, not too much of either. I enjoyed being on placement, but also looked forward to the exciting sessions at the Work Place and getting together with people going through the same experience as you.

It fully prepared me for teaching life and I was supported 100%.

Placement Schools

Teesdale (so jealous of SCITT trainees who have Sue Watson as their Subject Specialist!) and Roseberry.

Experience at the SCITT

My teacher training year was both the hardest year ever and the best! It was daunting leaving a secure job that I loved to start a course that had no 100% guarantee of a job at the end, but I am SOOOO pleased I did, otherwise I would not be where I am now. I made some absolutely fantastic friends who I remain close with now and still contact in my hour of need to have a moan to! It made me appreciate what I am good at and what I still have to work on as a professional and that it’s OK to not be perfect at everything, but just to keep working at those bits! It fully prepared me for teaching life and I was supported 100%, which I cannot thank the team enough for.

NQT Year

When I eventually got my perfect job at St John’s (with lots of help from the SCITT!) I found it relatively straightforward, due to the fantastic training I had. I used and still use many of the lessons and resources I developed at the SCITT and found planning to be simply after all of them lesson plans I wrote at SCITT! I have taught R.E and Leisure and Tourism as well as Health and Social Care. I was unsure about this at first, but because of the basics I had secured at the SCITT I could translate them to any subject and just brush up on the disciples’ names and all the capitals of the world! I had a challenging tutor group, who I struggled with at times, but when they left in the summer I cried like a baby and wished I could hold onto them! Now I have another one Just as challenging!!

Opportunities/Promotions/Responsibilities

No promotions for me! I am just happy to be teaching in a school that I love and doing the best job I can.

Why teaching? Why Durham SCITT?

I would recommend teaching to people who want to feel challenged and would like the opportunity to feel good about themselves, just now and again, when they get something right with a student! And of course there are always the holidays! If you are thinking of training to teach, I would most definitely recommend Durham SCITT. It’s small enough so that everyone knows who you are and what's going on in your life and career, and big enough to give you all the specialist help and support you need. It gave me all of this and much more.


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Reason for Choosing Durham SCITT

Durham SCITT appealed to me due to how small and inclusive it appeared. The course content looked fantastic and I believed that I would be trained to the best of my ability with Cath and Pippa. I liked the idea of having subject specific sessions as I did not have any school experience and I was worried that I may lack in subject development.

I felt prepared and ready to tackle many situations.

Placement Schools

Roseberry Sports and Community College. St. John’s School and Sixth Form College, A Catholic Academy.

Experience at the SCITT

Durham SCITT was extremely challenging and probably the hardest, but most rewarding, year of my life. I found the training sessions beneficial and they really prepared me for my first placement. I was fully equipped with all of the knowledge I needed to start teaching. The behaviour management sessions and enrichment opportunities were amazing and the experience gained was valuable. SCITT was a fantastic course and I honestly felt that we were more advanced and prepared than students from other training providers. I really enjoyed the course and the support I was given from all staff at Durham SCITT was outstanding.

NQT Year

I was lucky enough to secure employment in one of my training schools, St. John’s, where I am still employed. NQT year was tough, however, due to the in-depth observations and training we gained at the SCITT, I felt prepared and ready to tackle many situations. Organisation and planning were difficult but, due to the vast amount of work we completed on the SCITT course, I managed the workload well.

Opportunities/Promotions/Responsibilities

I am now a teacher of A Level Sociology as well as Health and Social Care, which has helped to develop my subject knowledge and also challenges me daily. I worked alongside a fellow SCITT student, Sophie Wilcox, in implementing a whole school reward system which has been rolled out this year. This was a fantastic opportunity to be a part of leadership meetings and engaging staff to participate.

Why teaching? Why Durham SCITT?

Teaching is the most rewarding profession. Every day is different and brings a new challenge. It is hard work, however, worth it when you see a student succeeding. I would recommend Durham SCITT to anyone thinking about a career in teaching. The guidance and support, preparation and organisation are all exceptional.



Lyndsay Batty Training year at SCITT: 2009 - 2010  Subject: Heath and Social Care Top

Reason for Choosing Durham SCITT

It was the first year of SCITT so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. After dealing with universities during my final year of an honours degree I was beginning to feel that teacher training wasn’t for me. When I discovered the Durham Secondary SCITT it immediately felt that I was treated as a person not an academic. The application process was straight forward and I was interviewed by the SCITT leader and a subject specialist who were interested in my life experience and the things I could bring to teaching as well as subject knowledge.

Placement Schools

Bishop Barrington and Teesdale.

Experience at the SCITT

It was a fantastic experience where I made great friends who are now teaching colleagues as well. We were trained by teachers at the top of their game who got us straight into a classroom mentality. It was great to visit other schools before the first placement and see real lessons involving the teachers who were training us.

Teaching has changed my life and given me much more than a job to be proud of.

NQT Year

Woodham CTC.

Opportunities/Promotions/Responsibilities

After my NQT year I was given the opportunity to take a leading role as a teacher of A-Level Applied Science. This is a specialism I have developed over the past five years and recently I became a coursework moderator for AQA. I currently work at King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland where I am also a 6th Form Tutor. Why teaching? Why Durham SCITT?

As a mature student I felt the SCITT was a good environment for me to learn in. The diversity of people on the course gave us opportunities for rich discussion about our experiences. I live near Durham and the location meant that I could train from home. Teaching has changed my life and given me much more than a job to be proud of.




Andrew Lawton Training year at SCITT: 2005 - 2006  Subject: Science Lyndsay Batty Rachel Stephenson Rachel Stephenson Andrew Lawton

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