Trainee blog

October 5, 2015


After three years at university I had no clue what I wanted to do next. It took a little time, but eventually I realised that I wanted to be a teacher and once I had visited Shotton Hall I knew that there was nowhere else I wanted to be. 


Every time I walk through the...

July 7, 2015

Sir is strickt, but mint! - advice from our NQT blogger Adam.


These were the words (and spelt as such!) that a student from one of my Year 7 classes brought to me from the printer while they were composing a guide to our school for the new Year 7 students starting in S...

January 29, 2015

Meet Sofie and Simon. Sophie is an NQT in maths who trained with us last year and Simon is in our current ITT cohort. 


Simon was sent to Sofie’s school on a mini placement to enhance his 16-18 experience and was teamed up with Sofie. This is NQT meets ITT in actio...

January 8, 2015

So it is the first week back in January and it is scary to realise that half of my teacher training year is already over! In five short months I will have hopefully passed the course and be looking forward to starting in a teaching post in September. It is amazing how...

January 6, 2015

This time last year I was a 22-year-old panicking about getting my first ever teaching post and ‘real job’. Here are some of my pearls of wisdom (or ramblings!) to guide you to start thinking about applications.


Where do I even start?


1) Bullet all of the things you ha...

October 6, 2014

Well that is the first month of ITT training over, and it has gone in the blink of an eye. It is hard to believe that just five weeks ago I embarked on this journey at Shotton Hall SCITT.


In that time the 2014 cohort of trainees have grown very close as a group, h...

September 22, 2014

Dramas this week: 2

Delights this week: 20

Parents rang: 0

Detentions given: 2


Weeks 2 and 3 have been slightly more predictable and routine than week 1. I’ve had the chance to teach properly now, and it feels good. I now know most of my students’ names and I am getting t...

September 10, 2014

I’ve known I wanted to teach since eight years old, the big question was which subject?


Throughout high school I became inspired by the staff in the design and technology department and gained a great love for the subject. I knew that I had to inspire the next generati...

September 4, 2014

Adam graduated from Shotton Hall SCITT in 2014 - and is blogging about his newly qualified teacher (NQT) year...


Dramas this week: 4

Delights this week: 10

Parents rang: 3

Detentions given: 0


Walking into school on Monday morning at 7am with three bags dangling from my fo...

September 2, 2014

Who would have predicted that two pairs of trainee teachers would share a birthday when none are twins?  The learning begins here and the first lesson is to build a school – a tad ambitious for our first day perhaps but a great team building exercise with plenty of foo...

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