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September 2, 2014

As I embark on my ITT year with Shotton Hall SCITT I would just like to share with you the journey that brought me here.


I moved to Newcastle upon Tyne from Northern Ireland almost 4 years ago to be with my then fiancee who is a Geordie lass. Since then I have been wor...

March 27, 2014

Imagine: you are the only teacher in the world. There are no other teachers, and it is your job to educate the masses. How interesting would your lessons be? Who would give you advice on how to improve? Who would provide you with new pedagogic strategies to enhance you...

January 7, 2014

2014. It doesn’t seem long since we all bounced through the training room doors on August 28 – full of energy and raring to go. Come 22 December, we were all struggling to stay focussed after several weeks of intensive teaching practice. But why did we all end up so ti...

December 11, 2013

Being a young teacher, behaviour management was my biggest concern. So, in an effort to show my groups who was boss, I walked into my first week of lessons with an iron fist. Needless to say, I ended up with my timings completely out, a crying teenager and a week of le...

November 7, 2013

Reflection: a key word for any trainee. I would define it as the critical analysis of specific teaching episodes. Many consider reflection to be the most aggressive accelerating force that powers us on our trajectory towards being outstanding teachers. My question is:...

November 6, 2013

Take a look at the first photo of our fantastic ITT cohort.


This year is the first year we are delivering school-based teacher training and our 40 fantastic trainees are already fitting in well!

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